October 16 (Renewables Now) - Germany-based energy storage company Sonnen GmbH on Thursday joined hands with US home builder Mandalay Homes to supply batteries for the rooftop solar arrays of 2,900 newly-built properties in Arizona that will create a virtual power network.
The partnership was unveiled at the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week. It calls for Sonnen to provide more than 23 MWh of energy storage capacity for the housing development in Prescott Valley.
Mandalay Homes will construct the housing community together with Arizona Eco-Development, using the so-called Discovery Home design that features Mandalay’s innovations in home sealing, energy efficient loads and demand control, clean power production with solar panels and smart energy storage.
The smart eco-homes will be linked in a “hive of systems”, a sonnenCommunity, that will form an intelligent network -- a virtual power plant, interacting with the needs of the grid on a day-by-day basis to increase grid efficiency and lower operating costs. These networks will be able to flatten the load curve of the community, minimise grid stress and cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions "to an absolute minimum".
"The Jasper sonnenCommunity will serve as the guiding light for future electricity grid innovation – decentralized, decarbonized and digitalized," says the press release.