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SolarCity launches smart energy range in Hawaii

Steve Rogerson
March 3, 2016
 
SolarCity is introducing a smart energy range for its residential customers in Hawaii. It includes solar PV, battery storage, smart electric water heaters and the Nest Learning thermostat, all coordinated by a home gateway that controls the battery, water heater, thermostat and inverter to increase solar PV generation and self-consumption.
 
SolarCity's smart energy home management system combines solar with batteries to store excess electricity generated from the solar power system during the day, then deliver it to the home at night. The dynamically-controlled smart electric water heater uses solar PV to heat water during the day and store it for later use in the home.
 
Altogether, the smart energy home uses the battery, smart electric water heater and controllable Nest Learning thermostat to modify energy usage automatically based on how much solar power is available to prevent energy from being exported back to the grid.
 
System size, as well as the combination of technology and number of batteries, will vary based on customers' individual energy usage.
 
The offer is available by lease and cash purchase.
 
SolarCity says it provides renewable electricity directly to homeowners, businesses and government organisations for less than they spend on utility bills. It gives customers control of their energy costs to protect them from rising rates, and makes solar energy easy by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and maintenance.