by Jennifer Runyon: Swell Energy this week announced the start of a residential solar plus storage program for homeowners in Queens, New York…

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The program will be deployed in partnership with Con Edison and aims to deliver 500-kW of capacity in the form of solar-powered home batteries to eligible customers creating an aggregated network of distributed energy resources.

The program will help reduce demand and relieve stress on the electric grid during peak demand periods without additional energy infrastructure construction and upgrades. Once all residential systems are in place, during times of peak power demand, those homeowners will use energy from their batteries to power their homes instead of taking power from the grid, thereby reducing the load.

As several hundred households in a condensed service area require less power during peak periods due to Swell’s solar plus storage installations, Con Edison can strengthen reliability for all customers.

Participating homeowners will have the opportunity to earn incentives that lower the cost of solar plus storage systems.

“Swell Energy’s smart grid solutions are designed to simultaneously meet the needs of utilities and customers through the aggregation of solar-powered home batteries. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with Con Edison to make our vision of Swell’s NYC Virtual Power Plant a reality for New Yorkers,” said Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy.

Residents of Forest Park, Glendale, Hunters Point, Long Island City, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, and parts of adjacent neighborhoods in Queens can now reserve their spot in the program at this link.

New York State is targeting 3,000 megawatts (MW) of installed energy storage capacity by 2030 and a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040.

Source: Renewable Energy World