SoCal Edison Wants To Harness Home Solar For A Virtual Power Plant
On the hottest Southern California days, when we’re cranking up the A/C, we’re also stressing the power grid. Southern California Edison meets that extra demand by firing up gas-fueled power plants, which are costly to run and burn polluting fossil fuel.
Now Edison and the solar panel company Sunrun are teaming up on a cleaner alternative.
The goal is for batteries from thousands of home solar energy systems to be chained together and their power used to top off energy supplies when needed — essentially creating a virtual power plant.
The pilot project starts with 300 homes in Edison’s multi-county service territory. Each owner would receive a $250 incentive to contribute their excess power to the grid when it’s needed most.
If the system works, it could expand and ultimately replace those dirty gas-fired power plants.