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Kentucky municipal utility deploys home energy storage to customers

August 21, 2015 By Finley Engineering in

The Glasgow Electric Plant Board was created specifically to meet the needs of our local community, and what our customers want us to do is make service more reliable, less expensive and with fewer emissions,” said Billy Ray, EPB superintendent, in the news release. “The technology from Sunverge Energy will help us achieve all those goals and help us continue to evolve the way we serve our customers.”

Sunverge said the batteries capture power from the grid when prices and demand are lowest and deploy it when prices and demand are highest to reduce the burden on generating stations during peak times. It also eases the financial burden on customers by allowing them to get power at a lower price. Sunverge said the batteries may also provide back-up power during outages.

While residential energy storage is often marketed in tandem with solar power, such as the Tesla Powerwall, the project is the first for Sunverge that does not use solar power.

“Glasgow is our first customer to use distributed storage without solar to create significant network value,” said Ken Munson, co-founder and CEO of Sunverge Energy, in the news release. “While many of our installations are in tandem with the use of solar panels, our technology offers the same reliability, cost savings and emissions reductions regardless of the source of the power. Glasgow is a pioneer and should serve as a model for other utilities that serve rural or isolated communities, where intelligent storage can play an important role when generation options are limited and where there are frequent weather-related power disruptions.”

The batteries are managed by a cloud-based service. Combined with information from grid operators, Glasgow EPB can deliver power from the batteries to the grid as if from a single, utility-scale virtual power plant, Sunverge said.

Published by APPA, By Laura D’Alessandro
Integrated Media Editor