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Tesla's energy storage solution, Powerwall, will be part of a virtual power plant project in Queens, NY that aims to reduce demand and load on the grid during peak periods without building and upgrading additional energy infrastructure.
In mid-March, Swell Energy (Swell), a provider of energy and smart grid solutions announced the launch of a homeowner program in Queens, NY, for residential solar panels and storage. The program will be implemented in partnership with Con Edison, an energy company serving New York City, to supply home solar-powered batteries to eligible customers, creating an aggregated grid of distributed energy resources. The project will use Tesla's home batteries, which have proven themselves many times in similar projects.
This 500kW virtual power plant project in Queens will integrate 300 home systems in several areas, though the project may be expanded in the future. New York State is targeting 3,000 megawatts of installed energy storage capacity by 2030 and a zero-emissions electricity sector by 2040. The program will help reduce demand and grid load during peak periods without building and upgrading additional energy infrastructure. Thanks to the project, several hundred households in a compressed service area will require less electricity during peak periods due to the use of solar panels and storage systems, increasing reliability for all customers.
Residents of Forest Park, Glendale, Hunters Point, Long Island City, Maspeth, Middle Village, Ridgewood, Sunnyside, and parts of adjacent neighborhoods in Queens can now reserve their spot in the program.
“Swell Energy's smart grid solutions are designed to simultaneously meet the needs of utilities and customers through the aggregation of solar-powered home batteries. This is a unique opportunity to collaborate with Con Edison to make our vision of Swell's NYC Virtual Power Plant a reality for New Yorkers,” said Suleman Khan, CEO of Swell Energy.
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