SunPower announced the next major advancement in the company’s Equinox energy platform — Equinox Storage — which will let homeowners choose to store energy for full- or partial-home backup during blackouts, reduce daily peak electricity consumption, or any combination that best fits their needs.
“We’re entering a new solar decade as storage adoption increases with the advancement of battery technologies, and with accompanying services becoming standard,” said Norm Taffe, SunPower executive vice president, residential solar. “For homeowners, Equinox Storage provides energy certainty and the power to make electricity allocation decisions, easing concerns with scheduled power outages, prolonged wildfire seasons, and unpredictable energy rates that are becoming more common.”
Equinox Storage is made specifically for the company’s Equinox Solar solution, a fully-integrated residential solar system designed, engineered and warranted by one company.
“With up to 12 kilowatt hours of storage capacity, Equinox Storage gives homeowners the ability to keep lights on, essential appliances operating, internet connected, and more, which can be critical during an outage,” Taffe continued. “Equinox Storage also automatically manages energy supply based on solar production, home electricity consumption, and utility rates to make the most efficient use of stored power every day.”
Eligible SunPower Equinox Solar customers in California can pre-order Equinox Storage beginning in November with installation expected in the first half of next year. In addition to purchasing with cash, qualified customers will be able to finance Equinox Storage with a loan from one of SunPower’s lending partners. SunPower expects to expand availability nationwide throughout 2020.
— Solar Builder magazine