Arizona Solar Installer Becomes First in U.S. to Bring “Smart” Solar-Plus-Storage to Market

“Smart” technology includes rooftop solar system, lithium-ion battery, inverter manager and load monitor SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (April 27, 2015)—American Solar & Roofing has become the first solar installer in the United States to adopt a new “smart” energy storage solution for homeowners to use in conjunction with their solar energy systems. This innovative system automatically understands the home’s energy needs and gives homeowners control over their energy consumption, thereby offsetting new demand charges recently announced by Arizona utilities. This new patent-pending system design is comprised of a rooftop solar energy system, a lithium-ion battery, an SMA Sunny Island inverter manager and…

News Article: Solar firm’s home battery systems target SRP fees

Ryan Randazzo, The Republic | azcentral.com A Scottsdale solar installation company is offering solar panels with batteries to help homeowners avoid the high “demand charge” Salt River Project recently approved for new solar customers. The batteries will ensure customers don’t set a high, momentary demand for power that will trigger steep fees from the utility. SRP officials said the utility’s new rate design will encourage customers to reduce their maximum demand on the utility grid. In the Phoenix area, the highest electricity use occurs in late summer afternoons, when air-conditioners crank up and, unfortunately, the sun is low in the…

News Article: APS asks to raise solar fees

Article is originally from The Arizona Repbulic written by Ryan Randazzo. New solar customers would pay an average $21 a month in fees under a rate-increase proposal Arizona Public Service filed with state utility regulators Thursday. The amount is four times as great as the $5-per-month solar fee regulators awarded the company after a hard-fought battle with critics less than a year and a half ago. The request comes as record numbers of customers are installing rooftop solar in the utility’s territory. Thursday’s request is the latest in a series of moves by utilities in Arizona and across the country…