Power-as-a-Service™ company, Spruce Power, announced today it entered a supply and partnership agreement with residential energy storage company sonnen Inc.
Accordingly, this collaboration focuses on providing Spruce’s existing 50,000 residential solar customers with access to upgrade their home systems.
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Spruce Power on its partnership with sonnen
Today, energy efficiency and residential solar energy company Spruce Power announced today it entered a supply and partnership agreement with residential energy storage company sonnen Inc.
In fact, this collaboration will provide Spruce’s 50,000 residential solar customers with access to upgrade their home systems. Moreover, the agreement will help Spruce provide safe, long-lasting battery solutions, improving its customers’ resiliency, energy independence, and energy efficiency.
Additionally, the two companies plan on developing virtual power plant (VPP) projects in emerging distributed energy resource (DER) aggregation markets. For instance, New York and California, which already have programs to support the growth of behind-the-meter storage systems.
“Spruce is partnering with sonnen to show how individual smart home energy systems and virtual power plants of networked, smart home energy systems can provide support to the local grid,” said Christian Fong, CEO of Spruce Power.
Thus, “Spruce’s growth model involves moving beyond simply owning and managing solar assets to helping solar owners and the utilities. Moreover, Sonnen’s sophisticated software and deep expertise in home battery products, VPP models, and proven project development make them the perfect partner for this.”
sonnen’s presence and the relevance of the partnership
As part of the partnership, the company’s solar customers can add Sonnen’s newest offering, the sonnenCore home battery system, to their solar home.
In fact, the sonnenCore has a usable capacity of 10 kilowatt-hours. Besides, it provides homeowners with a reliable source of energy in the case of emergencies or blackouts. Also, it gives them the ability to extract electricity cost savings by managing time-of-use (TOU) charges.
Indeed, Sonnen has already deployed more than 12.6 MWh of VPP projects built around the sonnen ecoLinx. Accordingly, Spruce and sonnen plan to develop VPP projects using behind-the-meter solar and retrofit battery customers.
“We chose to partner with Spruce Power because of their proven capability to build a robust network of existing home solar customers. Thus, as evidenced by their recent expansion into greater energy services, they have a clear understanding of the many ways we can create value for utilities, the grid, and homeowners. This, by adding batteries into their solar installation portfolio,” said Claudia Kolbinger, VP of Consumer Products at sonnen Inc.
Finally, the partnership with sonnen represents a valuable next step in Spruce’s mission. Particularly, to support homeowners on their paths to establishing energy independence. Therefore, Spruce customers can now use the company’s online Battery System Sizing Tool. This tool will help them determine how to upgrade a home battery system ideally.