An apartment complex in the works in Utah will offer a form of crowd-sourcing for solar energy.
Every apartment at Soleil Lofts in Salt Lake City will come with a battery connected to a solar array on the roof, allowing the local electric company to use the residential complex as "a virtual power plant," Fast Company reports.
Every aspect of the apartments can be run off the batteries, and in the the event that there is an emergency or natural disaster, the stored energy in the batteries can power the apartments for several days.
“When there’s excess solar-generated energy produced, instead of just pushing it into the grid right away, it’s going to be shifted and harnessed in the batteries,”Blake Richetta, chairman and CEO of Sonnen, the company that makes the batteries, tells Fast Company. “Rocky Mountain Power will look at that in real time, and every day will constantly be able to say, okay, when can we use this solar?”
This article originally published at https://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/a-battery-in-every-apartment/15805.
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