Details on new residential solar+storage system from Adara Power

Adara Power is launching its second-generation energy storage system, the Adara Pulse, an intelligent residential energy storage solution driven by Adara’s iC3 Smart Controls technology that’s stackable to 20 kWh. The Adara Pulse can be ordered now to take advantage of the California Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), a ratepayer-funded rebate program available to customers of the major California investor-owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, LADWP, & SDGE). The Adara Pulse will be scheduled for nationwide delivery and installation during the third quarter of 2017.


“The energy storage market is at an inflection point. Energy density and performance of cells have improved and prices now support broad adoption. The Adara Pulse is perfectly aligned with today’s market realities,” said Neil Maguire, CEO of Adara Power. “Flexible and comprehensive software controls tightly integrated with the latest battery and inverter technologies drive down the costs of energy storage solutions and enable a more rapid achievement of our vision – a world powered by 100% local renewable energy.”

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How it works

The Adara Pulse supports AC coupling for off-grid and grid-tied applications. It can be installed with a new solar installation or retrofitted with an existing system. Adara’s peak-shifting, solar-charging and self-consumption/non export algorithms ensure compliance with the Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and adaptability for a wide range of energy storage use cases. This advanced technology minimizes a homeowner’s electricity bill in regions subject to Time of Use (TOU) rates and support new net metering programs such as California’s NEM 2.0. And unlike many other energy storage systems currently available, the Adara Pulse has a UPS mode utilizing an 8 millisecond internal automatic transfer switch to keep house loads powered when the grid goes down for maximum back-up power.

The Adara Pulse tightly integrates all elements of the energy storage system with a modular hardware and software approach, enabling the components to be stocked globally, eliminating the added cost of shipping bulky material to a central manufacturing site and expensive and unnecessary secondary enclosures. The Adara iC3 Smart Controls with cellular connectivity feature out-of-the-box communication between lithium-ion batteries, Schneider inverters and a Cloud-based software platform. The solution minimizes field programming and provides remote programmability.

System pricing and partner program

The Adara Pulse is being offered as a 5.5 kW / 10 kWh system with integrated back-up power capability, cellular connectivity, and smart controls priced at $7,560 after the ITC. The 5.5 kW / 20 kWh system will be priced at $10,850 after ITC. California customers can take up to $6,800 off the system cost by applying for the state’s SGIP program. Orders for SGIP must be submitted by installers and end customers before May 1, 2017 to maximize these savings (incentives step down over time).

Renewable energy installers can also join the Adara Partner Program, designed to get medium and large regional solar installers fully launched in the energy storage market, and provide sales and installation training for the new Adara Pulse system.

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Diablo Solar adds energy storage services through Adara Power’s Partner Program

Adara Power Energy Storage System White (High Res)Diablo Solar Services is going to start offering residential and commercial energy storage solutions to customers in the East Bay area via Adara Power.

Diablo Solar is a long-time solar installer with more than 32 years of experience and 21,000 solar systems. The addition of the Adara Energy Storage Solutions enables Diablo Solar to meet an increasing demand for behind-the-meter storage to deliver grid-tied back-up power and perform energy peak-shifting to reduce electricity bills for customers with time-of-use rates or high demand charges.

“Adara offers what Diablo considers to be the premium energy storage battery system available in the market today, and Adara’s customer service and technical support are of the highest quality,” said Bryan Raymond, President of Diablo Solar. “We have installed several Adara systems this year, and all customers are extremely satisfied. We are excited about the 2017 Adara product roadmap for both residential and commercial energy storage solutions.”

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Tell me about Adara’s Energy Storage Systems

Adara’s Residential and Commercial Energy Storage Systems are powered by the company’s iC3 Platform, which intelligently integrates battery and inverter controls with cloud-based software and a robust IoT connectivity solution. Adara’s solutions are designed to support both homeowners and facility operators looking for energy storage solutions capable of performing dedicated peak shifting, back-up power, demand charge reduction, and energy efficiency, while also enabling participation in emerging transactive energy exchanges.

Diablo Solar is now a proud member of the Adara Partner Program, which helps established solar installers to make an easy transition into the energy storage industry. The Adara Partner Program provides Diablo Solar, and other interested organizations, with training, customized marketing material, and lead generation support to sell and deliver a field-proven product that adds value to homeowners’ solar installations.

— Solar Builder magazine

Adara Power introduces battery, inverter control solution for commercial solar customers

Adara Power is expanding its portfolio with the launch of its iC3 platform — a system that integrates battery and inverter controls with cloud-based software and a robust IoT connectivity solution. The platform will initially launch with a scalable 125-kW, 250-kWh inverter and battery suitable for commercial-scale applications. Leveraging its traction in the residential market, the Adara iC3 solution addresses pent-up demand from its certified solar installers who also have a significant commercial customer base.

ADARA POWER“Commercial-scale energy storage technology is transforming the economics of solar for companies seeking to mitigate the financial burden of demand charges and time-of-use rates,” said Neil Maguire, CEO of Adara Power. “Commercial customers require flexible and intelligent energy storage that is continuously monitored, updated and dispatchable via remote connections to third party aggregators. These capabilities were planned for in our system from the outset, enabling us to rapidly respond to changing electricity rate schedules and variable building loads.”

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At the heart of the iC3 Platform is the Adara iC3 Controller – an intelligent hardware and firmware device that optimizes battery life and performance relative to a facility’s electrical load demand. The iC3 controller is based on Adara’s automotive control system and battery management semiconductor heritage, and is designed for wide temperature range, robust performance and cost effectiveness.

Adara’s iC3 Cloud solution leverages an Amazon Web Services infrastructure to dynamically scale processing and data storage as its fleet of energy storage systems continues to expand and as historical data grows. The Adara iC3 Cloud monitors commercial energy storage installations in order to provide near real-time data on battery and inverter performance, as well as building loads. Building owners, facility managers and engineers can view reports, track detailed performance data, and configure alert notifications.

The Adara iC3 Connectivity solution includes device-to-cloud and cloud-to-cloud integration. A set of application programming interfaces (APIs) is available to enable integration to higher-level building energy management systems and for utility smart grid services. The device-to-cloud IoT layer includes standard communications interfaces such as Ethernet LAN 10/100 and Sprint’s machine-to-machine cellular connectivity. The system is capable of performing remote updates of firmware and the OS layer through the connectivity.

— Solar Builder magazine

Adara Power energy storage systems added to HECO qualified equipment list

Adara Power, a privately-held Silicon Valley company working on some really cool energy storage technology, sent word that its Adara Energy Storage System has been added to the Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) list of qualified equipment for customer self supply (CSS) installations.

Residential solar customers in Hawaii are now able to install rooftop solar with an Adara Energy Storage System and Schneider Context XW + 5548 or 6848 NA inverter while preventing export to the grid.

“This approval allows HECO customers to increase consumption of on-site energy and use it when demand and energy prices are highest or in the event of a grid outage,” stated Neil Maguire, founder and CEO of Adara Power. “Our installer partners in Hawaii have made it clear that solar and storage installations are vitally important if HECO hopes to meet their 100 percent renewable energy goals.”

RELATED: Primer for buying, installing residential solar+storage systems 

Adara Power Energy Storage System White (High Res)Adara Energy Storage Systems are designed to reduce the amount of energy drawn from the grid and increase the consumption of on-site energy produced by solar panel installations. With residential Adara Energy Storage System installations, homeowners benefit from:

• Customer Self Supply – meet the requirements of the Hawaii Electric Companies for non-export PV plus storage;
• Peak Shifting – shift excess solar production from daylight hours to night time and minimize or eliminate grid reliance
• Out-of-the-box integration to the XW+ inverter to eliminate in field programming;
• Real-time monitoring and control through a cell modem and web interface;
• Back-up power in event of grid outage.

The Adara Energy Storage System is an intelligent, stackable 8.6 kWh, 5.5 kW lithium-ion battery system designed for safe, reliable, long-lasting power management. It is designed, engineered and manufactured by Adara Power based on their company’s years of automotive lithium ion control systems engineering. Each system delivers more than 10 years of operation of dedicated peak shifting, back-up power, energy efficiency, as well as enables participation in emerging interactive energy exchanges. The Adara Energy Storage System is housed in an indoor/outdoor, floor or wall-mounted UL-rated enclosure.

— Solar Builder magazine