New York City residents part of ‘clean virtual power plant’ experiment

A $15 million pilot program offers rooftop PV panels plus a lithium-ion battery to more than 300 homeowners.

By Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor | July 13, 2016
New York City residents part of ‘clean virtual power plant’ experiment
New York City residents part of ‘clean virtual power plant’ experiment

Hundreds of homes Brooklyn and Queens are being recruited for an experiment to create a "clean virtual power plant" that feeds the electric grid with solar energy.

New York utility Consolidated Edison and solar companies SunPower and Sunverge are working together on a $15 million pilot program that offers rooftop PV panels plus a lithium-ion battery to more than 300 homeowners. The goal is to build a mini power plant synchronized by an aggregation of residential solar panels and energy storage systems. This would be the largest residential energy storage project in the U.S.

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