Energy storage systems from Californian start-up Electriq Power are being installed in homes in Arizona as part of an energy costs saving scheme.
Electriq has partnered with Mattamy, which describes itself as North America’s largest privately owned homebuilder, to offer ‘PowerPod’ lithium-ion battery storage systems as part of an “advanced energy programme” to reduce electricity bills.
Under the programme, the PowerPods are coupled with solar-panel roofing on Mattamy homes to reduce household emissions and bills.
Electriq’s PowerPods include an energy management and monitoring system, and a hybrid solar/battery inverter.
Aric Saunders, Electriq’s VP of sales, said the company estimated households could expect “savings of approximately US$1,800 per year” based on a pilot project.
“Utility demand charges can really affect a homeowner’s electric bill and with Mattamy offering the Electriq PowerPod they’re helping make solar plus storage affordable for their customers”, Saunders said.
Electriq announced in September 2018 that it had completed a series seed financing totalling around $6 million led by Canada-based technology investor the GreenSoil Building Innovation Fund.
Energy regulators in Arizona recently backed a package of proposals that would see the state deploy 3,000MW of energy storage by 2023— and generate 80% of the state’s power needs from “clean energy”.