One of America’s first and most prolific home battery storage programs is gearing up for unprecedented growth.
Green Mountain Power, a utility company in Vermont, was an early adopter of using small-scale solar power generation and storage in customers’ homes to improve the overall performance of its power grid.Since then 2015, the company subsidized customers who needed battery backup power in exchange for using those batteries to reduce grid costs for all customers during peak electricity demand hours.Currently, its fleet has grown to Four,800 battery total 27 megawatt capacity.
After a series of extreme weather disasters in Vermont this year, more customers are seeking batteries to power their homes to weather winter storms, flooding, and heat waves. But state regulators cap the number of people who can participate in the program each year, and the waiting list to get a Tesla Powerwall through the program was over capacity. 2026.
“We quickly filled customers at the beginning of the year and then built a waiting list,” said Josh Castinguy, head of innovation at the investor-owned utility company. 270,000 Customers in Vermont. “Clearly this program is a success, it’s performing as expected, and customers are demanding it. ”
Now that cap is gone. In August 18the Vermont Public Utilities Commission decided to eliminate the annual limit of approx. 500 Customers receiving Tesla Powerwalls and 500 Receive credit for acquiring your own battery (technically capped at Five megawatts per program). In just a few years, Green Mountain Power has scaled up from a small pilot test to an annual battery program, and now the program is in place to meet essential demand from customers, at least until the program is renewed in three years. We ensure the freedom of
Customers who choose Powerwall pay $ in utility bills55 There is a monthly charge for the battery, but there is no down payment.Payments will be suspended for: Ten At that point in the year, households can use the system for free until it stops working. The power company then picks it up for safe disposal through recycling.of “The “Bring your own device” service provides payments of up to $1,000 to households that purchase and install their own battery system.Ten,500a significant portion of the cost of popular models.