Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is partnering with Swell Energy to be the aggregator for a brand new residential customer-driven digital energy plant initiative, the My Vitality Optimizer Accomplice+ program. My Vitality Optimizer Accomplice+ will launch enrollments in Q1 of 2023, with operations deliberate to begin in April 2023. Enrollment will be open to each new and current photo voltaic and storage prospects.
The preliminary effort will carry 20 MWh and 10 MW of renewable capability to the utility by recruiting, putting in and aggregating capability from prospects’ battery storage methods positioned in SMUD’s service space. This system has the chance to scale to 54 MWh and 27 MW over the time period of the partnership.
At present, there are roughly 600 customer-owned power storage methods in SMUD’s service space, with an extra 400 within the interconnection course of and 1000’s extra projected over the following a number of years.
Swell Vitality isn’t any stranger to such offers. Round this time final 12 months, Pacific Gasoline and Electrical Firm (PG&E) and San Diego Gasoline & Electrical (SDG&E) introduced a take care of Swell to increase residential participation of their respective Capability Bidding Packages, and Southern California Edison (SCE) turned to Swell to steadiness power on the grid throughout plenty of totally different situations and use circumstances.
“Our collaborative digital energy plant will present real-time power administration and synchronized battery dispatch throughout SMUD’s buyer base, enabling large-scale renewable deployment and minimizing the necessity for standard energy crops within the area,” stated Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Vitality. “We consider this mannequin is a beacon for the way municipal utilities and different publicly owned utilities can obtain scale and worth with distributed power sources.”
VPPs | The digital energy plant program aggregates residential photo voltaic and battery storage methods in a centralized method to scale back carbon emissions and make the electrical grid extra renewable, resilient, and dependable. SMUD’s My Vitality Optimizer Accomplice+ program lets prospects allow their particular person methods to work alongside many others to combination and dispatch renewable power sources to the good thing about whole communities.
Taking part My Vitality Optimizer Accomplice+ prospects will obtain each upfront and ongoing compensation, or GridRevenue, primarily based on the dimensions of their photo voltaic and power storage methods.
“As extra SMUD prospects add photo voltaic panel methods paired with battery storage options, they’ll be higher capable of handle their very own power wants whereas making significant contributions towards lowering their neighborhood’s carbon footprint,” stated Lora Anguay, Chief Zero Carbon Officer of SMUD.
SMUD additionally says it has dedicated to funding batteries for low-income prospects within the service space via native non-profits reminiscent of Grid Alternatives.