Solar batteries are integral in sustaining your solar lifestyle. It is the foundation of a solar-plus-storage system that helps you store renewable energy generated by solar panels. You can utilize them as your back-up energy in case of power outages and extreme weather conditions.
The only problem is they increase the cost of your solar energy system. A great way to save is through enrolling in the newest battery rebate program offered by Eversource. They partnered with ConnectedSolutions to introduce the Demand Response Program, especially for Connecticut residents within Eversouce territory. Let’s take a look at what’s in store with this offer.
Eversource’s ConnectedSolutions Demand Response Program
It is typical for residential solar battery systems to store energy even when it is not being utilized by the home. Utility companies collect this surplus energy with the help of this Eversource program. The ConnectedSolutions Demand Response Program rewards you for allowing Eversource to use the energy stored in your battery. If you choose to participate in the program, Eversource will collected the power and give you credit worth cash!.
There are two seasons in which you can participate in this program, namely summer and winter. The events when Eversource gathers energy occur during high demand, between 2:00 PM and 7:00 PM, and never when there is inclement weather on the forecast. The duration of the collection doesn’t vary, lasting for at least three hours per event. Summer events occur from June 1st to September 30th, with a frequency of 30-60 events.
Meanwhile, winter events occur sometime around December 1st to March 31st, comprising only five events. The qualified battery manufacturers that partner with this program are Sonnen, Generac, and Tesla.
How Much Can You Earn Through the ConnectedSolutions Program?
There is no fixed amount of earnings you can receive through the ConnectedSolutions Program. The average kilowatt Eversource utilizes at a time determines the price. On average, the contribution of a single home with battery storage is 5-kilowatt each event. This battery performance can get you $1,125 for the summer and $250 for the winter season. It is important to note that the battery performance directly affects the average kW they can collect. Thus, different batteries can contribute to varying amounts during events. However, on average you receive $225 per kilowatt used in the summer and $50 per kilowatt used in the winter.
How To Get Started
The first qualification for this program includes verification of your Eversource electric service account. This ensures that you are a customer of Eversource and provides them a way to send demand response offerings to you.
Another requirement to qualify is at least a year of payment into the energy efficiency fund. Connecticut homeowners can find this at the lower portion of their monthly electricity bill. The deadline for the application of the summer program is 11:59 PM on May 31st of that year. For the winter program, the deadline is 11:59 PM on November 30th of that year. Failure to comply with said dates can still be accepted, but events before the date you enrolled do not count. These dates contribute to the overall performance marked as a nonperformance event, directly affecting your total incentives.
Finally, you will always receive a notification before the event of the collection of energy. Energy will not get collected under conditions when you need to utilize more energy from your battery. Therefore, you won’t expect them to conduct collection during power outages and extreme weather. If you’re ready to get started, you can have an installer submit it for you. Another feasible option is by sending an email to ConnectedSolutions at [email protected].
The ConnectedSolutions Demand Response Program is another bonus to going solar. You even get paid from generating more power from your solar panels than you’re using at home. This bonus is perfect for savvy consumers who want to save and earn all at the same time.