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Saft Technology Selected for Solar Energy Storage Project in California


2/28/2011 10:44 AM

Saft announced that the company will supply renewable energy storage for 2500 R Street, California’s first micro-grid, distributed energy community housing project. These advanced homes will use the latest in Smart Grid, solar generation, and energy storage technologies to ensure each home generates as much clean energy as it uses, thus maximizing homeowner utility bill savings.

Pacific Housing, Inc., a California nonprofit public benefit corporation, is developing the 2500 R Street project as an affordable, sustainable, and efficient 34-home community in Sacramento. The homes are designed to meet stringent energy-efficient guidelines and offer an expedited construction schedule with emphasis on reducing construction waste.

Each home will use Sunverge Energy’s Solar Integration System (SIS), with energy storage from Saft, to shift electrical loads, flatten peak electricity demand, and maximize return on renewable energy investments. Saft’s Synerion E™ lithium-ion (Li-ion) battery will be integrated into Sunverge’s Solar Integration System to capture solar energy and store it for use when needed most by the homeowner.

“We selected Saft’s Li-ion battery technology because of its proven performance and ability to meet the custom specifications of our energy management system,” said Ken Munson, president of Sunverge Energy. “We needed a smart system with an intelligent design to provide sufficient energy storage at an affordable cost—Saft’s Synerion battery met all our criteria.”

“Saft is excited to be part of this residential energy storage program and fully supports the primary goals to conserve energy, protect the environment, and provide reliable and affordable utility services,” said Blake Frye, v ice president of sales, energy storage for Saft America. "We see strong growth potential for the residential solar storage market and 2500 R Street marks Saft's second major RES project in California."

 

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