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What are critical load panels?

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You may have noticed an increase in coverage of energy storage in the news lately, especially here on our blog. Energy storage continues to increase in popularity throughout the country (according to Wood Mackenzie and the ESA, residential storage had its best quarter ever to start 2020), and with good reason: batteries provide myriad benefits, form backup power and peace of mind, to further financial savings. 

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Solar battery incentives in New York

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If you’re a New Yorker considering your solar battery options, you’re not alone: energy storage has become an increasingly popular purchase for homeowners interested in keeping their homes running during a grid outage. Fortunately, due to declining costs, federal tax credits, and–for Long Island homeowners–state incentives, solar batteries are more affordable than ever before. Here’s a quick rundown of the battery incentives currently available in New York:

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Solar battery incentives in Vermont

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Vermont is well known for all of its seasons, but especially for its harsh winter storms (trust me, I grew up there). Historically, many Vermonters have relied on diesel-powered generators to keep their homes running during a power outage, including those regularly caused by mid-winter ice storms. However, generators are no longer the only option for those looking to keep their lights on in the event of an outage: thanks to a number of incentives, solar batteries are becoming an increasingly attractive and financially-viable solution, particularly for customers of Green Mountain Power (GMP).

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How to claim your SGIP rebate

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One of the best financial incentives for batteries in the US is California’s Self Generation Incentive Program, or SGIP. If you are a home or business owner in California, SGIP provides rebates that help you to significantly reduce the cost of installing an energy storage product. We get a lot of questions from homeowners who are curious about how to best take advantage of this incentive program and to claim their SGIP rebate, so we read through all of the program documentation and compiled the relevant info below. Let us know what you think and, as always, feel free to reach out to one of our Energy Advisors if you have any questions about your specific project.

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Solar battery incentives in Massachusetts

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Five years ago, you’d be hard-pressed to find a solar battery installation in Massachusetts – fortunately, that’s no longer the case. Thanks to declining storage costs and proven resiliency benefits, solar batteries are rapidly becoming a popular addition to solar panel systems all across the state. However, Bay Staters installing solar batteries today have more to look forward to than being able to keep their home running during power outages: a number of financial incentives available make solar batteries not only a great peace-of-mind purchase, but also a smart one for your wallet.

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The SunPower Equinox Storage complete review

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SunPower has always been known for its top-tier solar panels – now, they’re branching into the storage space. In 2019, the company launched their first home solar battery: the Equinox Storage system. This battery and software solution, when paired with a SunPower Equinox solar panel system, enables you to keep your lights on during power outages and manage your home’s electricity use.

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The Electriq Power PowerPod home battery complete review

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Electriq Power is a San Leandro, California-based energy storage company that designs and engineers its storage systems in the United States. Electriq’s flagship product, the PowerPod, includes a battery, hybrid battery/solar inverter, home energy management system, and an energy meter. In addition to offering backup power, the PowerPod System includes a smart home energy software, known as Electriq View, to manage your home’s electricity use and optimize energy efficiency. 

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The Panasonic EverVolt home battery complete review

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In 2019, Panasonic, one of the world’s largest battery cell manufacturers, officially launched their own residential battery storage product: the EverVolt. A scalable storage system with both AC and DC-coupled configurations, the EverVolt can provide plenty of back-up energy for your home in the event of a grid outage, especially when paired with a solar panel system.

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The sonnen ecoLinx home battery complete review

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Battery maker sonnen’s “luxury” battery offering – the ecoLinx – is more than just an energy storage device: the ecoLinx syncs your entire property’s energy usage together to efficiently and intelligently manage how you use energy in your home, all without disrupting your lifestyle. Especially when combined with a solar energy system, the sonnen ecoLinx is a powerful and smart home energy management system. (Note: check out our review of sonnen’s other primary product line–the eco–here.)

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