First sonnenBatterie home energy storage system in the Carolinas comes online
January 31, 2017 – ROCK HILL, SC – This week in York County, South Carolina, the region’s first sonnenBatterie residential energy storage system became operational. While over 16,000 such systems have been installed worldwide, this is currently the only one in the Carolinas.
The installation was completed by the Charlotte-based company Renu Energy Solutions, which since 2010 has provided installations of solar photovoltaic electric systems and other energy efficient devices for home and business. The energy storage system uses lithium iron phosphate battery banks to hold power produced by the customer’s solar photovoltaic array. Consumer-owned solar continues to grow rapidly in the Carolinas, and battery storage for home and business is poised to be of great help to meet energy challenges in this market. Not all grid-connected solar customers choose to add energy storage, but for some it is an important part of an energy system that will meet their specific needs.
Bobby Womack, the customer who purchased the sonnenBatterie system and received his installation this week, says: “I feel pretty excited to have the first sonnenBatterie in the area. Everyone can take steps to take care of our environment, and I believe energy storage is the next stage in taking advantage of renewable energy sources. I hope with the combination of solar panels and energy storage, the system will lower my demands from the electric grid which should lower my energy bill and also act as backup power in case of area power outages.”
Jay Radcliffe, President and CEO of Renu Energy Solutions, says, “I’m proud our company was able to help a customer achieve his goals for clean energy storage and the ability to have solar power 24 hours a day. For the Womack family, we were able to provide the benefit of a system that will keep their solar online and producing in the event of a power outage for complete peace of mind. It puts the customer in total control, and it’s readily available now.”
“sonnen’s proven and safe storage technology, which is developed and manufactured in the U.S., empowers homeowners to manage their self-produced energy and gain greater energy independence by taking control of their own energy. Our partnerships with solar and energy efficiency providers like ReNu Energy Solutions are key to providing integrated solar and storage products to new markets like South Carolina,” said Blake Richetta, VP of North American Sales for sonnen.
The battery system is under manufacturer’s warranty for 10 years or 10,000 cycles. Renu Energy Solutions offers no-cost home visits by experienced energy professionals to address customers’ energy storage needs and answer questions. Consulting appointments are available now.