Generac Power Systems said on Wednesday that its line of home backup generators, commercial and industrial generators and solar storage systems + PWRcell batteries are manufactured and offered as “Smart Grid Ready”, making it easier for customers to resell electricity to the grid and offset. their energy expenditure.
Smart grid ready capabilities are offered through Generac’s Enbala Concerto platform.
“With this integration, Generac’s customers – residential, commercial, industrial and solar – are now able to make a major contribution to the reliability, resiliency and sustainability of the grid,” said Aaron Jagdfeld, president and chief executive officer. Waukesha-based Generac management in a statement.
“In addition to the peace of mind they receive from Generac products, customers have the opportunity to gain additional return on investment by leveraging their Generac units to deliver power to the grid, support the stability of the grid. network and receive payment for their excess power, “Jagdfeld said in the release.
With the new platform, Generac’s Smart Grid Ready products become distributed energy resources, which seamlessly form virtual power plants – bundles of distributed energy resources capable of augmenting the grid services provided by the generation of traditional electricity, Generac said in a statement.
“Distributed energy resources still function as traditional back-up power devices, supplying power to the home or business in the event of a power failure, but they can now also allow electricity to be sold back to the grid during peak demand periods. , thereby reducing the amount of on the grid and offsetting some of the monthly energy costs of asset owners, ”the company said in the release.
“With this new offering, Generac is proud to have the most complete end-to-end solution – a solution that combines solar power, battery storage, generators and load management,” said Russ Minick, President of the Energy Technology Business Group and Marketing Director of Generac. “We took segmented energy assets that would normally be complicated to connect and brought them together seamlessly. ”
Current PWRcell and home backup generator customers will also be able to access Generac’s Concerto platform via a firmware update. The update will provide existing users with the same distributed energy resource capabilities that will come standard on new products.
Generac’s Enbala Concerto real-time energy balancing platform “gives energy retailers and utilities the flexibility to operate in real time and better manage the growing complexities of growing energy assets. more variable ”.
Founded in 1959, Generac is a designer and manufacturer of energy technology solutions and other energy products. The company serves the residential, light commercial and industrial markets.
Its products are available worldwide through a network of independent resellers, distributors, retailers, e-commerce partners, wholesalers and equipment rental companies, as well as sold directly to select customers. end users.