Enphase Energy Inc. is launching a partnership that enables Enphase Energy Systems, powered by IQ Microinverters and IQ Batteries, to participate in Swell Energy Inc.’s distributed, virtual power plant (VPP) programs in California, New York and Hawaii.
The partnership will improve solar and battery access as well as provide energy users with more options. It will also deliver critical resources to the local network. It also aims expand solar and battery deployments in key energy markets. Swell’s virtual power plants will now be available to homeowners with Enphase Energy Systems that include IQ Batteries.
“Our partnership with Enphase enables homeowners to interact with the power grid in new ways and maximize the value delivered by their home batteries,” says Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy. “The combined offer puts participating customers in control of their electrons with greater functionality, automation, and value within the transactive grid of the future.”
Swell’s VPPs aggregate distributed energy resources and provide GridRevenue to customers utilizing their home batteries for savings and security, while also supporting overall grid reliability. VPPs are able to provide a variety services to utilities by creating a network of solar-powered batteries in a particular region. Swell’s VPP programs serve utilities, wholesale markets and customers alike in a more participatory and equitable manner.
“Together with Swell, we share a mission to provide a world-class customer experience and cutting edge, smart technology,” states Dave Ranhoff, chief commercial officer at Enphase Energy. “Swell’s programs make it even more compelling for homeowners to choose Enphase Energy Systems, so they can reliably and efficiently run their lives on clean energy, protect against grid outages, and better manage costs.”
Enphase delivers an enhanced solar-plus-battery solution which does not expose installers or homeowners to high-voltage DC. Enphase IQ Batteries are made of Lithium Iron Phosphate, which is a battery chemistry that provides a long-lasting cycle life and smooth operation with excellent thermal stability. Enphase Power Start technology allows the batteries to seamlessly power up air conditioners and well pumps. Through the Enphase App, homeowners can view their systems and have the ability to go offline during power outages. Enphase IQ Batteries are available for software upgrades over-the air and come with an extended 10-year warranty.