Generac continues to strengthen its position as distributed energy resource, this week signing an agreement to acquire Enbala Power Networks Inc. Enbala is a distributed energy resources technology company that will expand Generac’s capabilities as a grid services provider.
“Enbala is a proven virtual power plant and distributed energy resource management platform, and we believe their business model can be incredibly synergistic with our business,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, Chief Executive Officer of Generac. “Distributed generation is a critical next step for utility companies faced with meeting peak demand while also dealing with capacity constraints and regulatory restrictions.”
With thousands of megawatts of residential and industrial standby power generation installed in the United States, Generac’s products can be leveraged in virtual power plant (VPP) and distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) markets. The Enbala Concerto software platform enables the connection of DERs to register and participate in distributed energy aggregation and control programs.
What’s cool about Enbala?
Denver-based Enbala’s real-time energy-balancing platform, provides a highly flexible approach for creating controllable and dispatchable energy resources from flexible loads, energy storage and renewable energy sources. The platform underpins Enbala’s award-winning DERMS and VPP technology and dynamically optimizes and dispatches distributed energy resources to respond to the real-time needs of the power system.
This means otherwise dormant back up power generation assets can come online as part of a distributed energy solution and generate revenue for the asset owner, such as Generac’s powerful energy storage solution, PWRCell.
The opportunities to optimize the grid with DERs are becoming more creative. Residential and C&I rooftop solar, behind-the-meter battery storage systems, electric vehicles and flexible electricity load management are key asset components of a healthy future for both Generac and distributed energy resources management.
“Together with Generac, we have an unprecedented opportunity to make our energy grids more efficient, resilient and economical,” said Bud Vos, President and CEO of Enbala. “As part of the Generac team, we can now accelerate our vision for a cleaner grid, leveraging our technology and capabilities that help continuously balance supply and demand while enabling rapid and profoundly beneficial changes in our energy markets.”
— Solar Builder magazine