OutBack Power and altE Store Team up to Teach Massachusetts Solar Installers and Residents about Home Energy Storage
OutBack Power Technologies, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of advanced renewable energy systems and products, is teaming up with altE Store, a premiere solar electric distributor and reseller in Boxborough, Mass., to provide a class on October 11 that will help solar installers and interested homeowners learn about energy storage technologies and systems to better equip them for Massachusetts’ new law, H. 4568, signed by Governor Charlie Baker on August 8th. The law on energy diversity allows users to store and discharge energy as needed instead of purchasing or generating more expensive energy during times of peak demand.
H. 4568 was created as a comprehensive energy bill following the example of California and Oregon in setting energy storage targets to enhance the value of renewable electricity generation in those states. The Massachusetts law also defines the role of utilities with energy storage. As explained by Judith Judson, commissioner for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources upon the bill’s signing into law, “[E]nergy storage technology has the potential to be a game changer for the Massachusetts energy market, further cementing our place as a national clean energy leader. By pairing renewable energy resources with energy storage technology, this legislation will allow the Commonwealth to lower energy costs for ratepayers, shave our peak demand energy usage, and reduce our state’s carbon emissions.”
To make that potential a reality, altE Store in Boxborough, Mass. and off-grid industry leader OutBack Power will offer a free class on home energy storage for both solar professionals as well as interested home and small business owners. “Get Ready for the Future of Energy Storage Technology in Massachusetts” will cover all the essentials, including:
- Battery technologies
- Introduction to battery-based PV systems—How are they different?
- Sizing and selecting the right system for the application—what you need to know
- Questions, answers and next steps
This free class will take place on Tuesday, October 11, from 9:00am-Noon at the Holiday Inn, 242 Adams Place, Boxborough, Mass. 01719. Those interested can sign up online here.
“OutBack Power developed its expertise in the demanding off-grid world, and used that to perfect its Grid/Hybrid technology, which assists the developed world in achieving energy independence and security,” noted Mark Cerasuolo, director of training and marketing for the brand. “In that respect, the same products powering net-zero office buildings in India and a winery in Oregon are ideal for the Bay State’s needs, where there is a lot of solar deployed—about 400 projects every week—and outages due to bad weather have been increasing. During Hurricane Sandy, in fact, Massachusetts was already number 4 in the ‘top 10 solar states’ according to the Solar Electric Industries Association, with enough PV to power nearly 40,000 homes—yet almost all of that electricity potential was stranded on the rooftop without energy storage on-hand to make it useable after the grids went down.”
Continued Cerasuolo, “With the new storage-friendly legislation signed in the state, we’re looking forward to working with altE Store in bringing the solution to homeowners and installers. With behind-the-meter storage, they can self-consume all the solar electricity they can produce to offset their utility costs, day and night, as well as power through protracted outages and emergencies. Energy storage’s time has come in Massachusetts—which is why we’re coming there in early October to help altE Store spread the word.”