U.S. solar power company SunPower launched a new rooftop solar+storage bundle package designed to create a ‘virtual power plant’ in New York comprising 1.8 MW PV capacity and 4 MWh of battery storage.

The $15 million project is part of New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) effort, and sees Sunverge Energy Inc supply its lithium-ion battery storage systems, SunPower leases its solar panels and utility Con Edison manage the stored power’s grid feed.

The Idea behind the project is to integrate more solar energy into the local grid, with Con Edison able to dispatch stored power to customers during peak periods, while if a blackout occurs the energy in the batteries can be used by the homeowners.

This pilot program will be available to more than 300 residential customers in New York’s Brooklyn and Queens boroughs, with Con Edison targeting owner-occupied, single-family homes. Participants that sign up to lease SunPower’s solar systems (ranging from 7 kW to 9 kW) will receive a suitably sized battery from Sunverge – the company is offering its 6 kWh and 19.4 kWh storage systems.

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