New York utility Consolidated Edison just announced plans to launch a $15 million virtual power plant pilot program this summer that will connect residential solar-plus-storage systems to improve electricity grid resiliency. About 300 homes in Brooklyn and Queens are to be equipped with 7-kilowatt to 9-kilowatt high-efficiency rooftop solar panels from SunPower and a 6-kilowatt/19.4-kilowatt-hour energy storage system from Sunverge. The program is expected to integrate more than 1.8 megawatts of solar power and about 1.8 MW, or 4 MWh, of battery storage.
The distributed energy storage program will allow Con Edison to link the hundreds of solar-plus-storage systems into a virtual power plant that can be autonomously controlled through intelligent software provided by SunPower and Sunverge. The virtual power plant can act as a local generation source that can utilize renewable energy during peak demand, reducing the need to rely on dirty energy sources to meet peak demand.
“The integrated solar and storage approach enhances value to the grid by providing a dispatchable renewable power source that Con Edison can control and rely on in real time,” says Matthew Ketschke, Con Edison’s vice president of distributed resource integration.
The virtual power plant pilot program is part of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) initiative to bring more renewables into the electricity grid. The 2030 goals include a 40 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, generating 50 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources and decreasing energy consumption in buildings by 23 percent.
Via Green Tech Media