HONOLULU — SolarCity is introducing a Smart Energy Home offering to new residential customers in Hawaii. It includes advanced technology: solar photovoltaic (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 optimize 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 Nest Learning Thermostat to automatically modify energy usage 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 Smart Energy Home offer is available by lease or by cash purchase. For more information, visit www.solarcity.com/residential/states/hawaii-solar.
Publication date: 3/21/2016