For Immediate Release
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NEWARK, Del. (June 23, 2021) – As part of Delmarva Power's ongoing efforts to build a smarter energy infrastructure and meet customers' evolving energy needs, the company is partnering with Sunverge Energy to launch the Elk Neck Battery Storage Pilot Program. The program will install 110 battery storage units for residential customers in the Elk Neck community, at no cost to customers. The new network of residential battery storage systems will improve resiliency in customers' homes by providing a back-up source of power and support the local energy grid during peak energy demand.
"We are committed to providing the best possible service for our customers," said Gary Stockbridge, Delmarva Power region president. "That means using innovative technologies to solve difficult challenges. In Elk Neck, the area's unique geography makes our customers more vulnerable to power outages. By partnering with Sunverge to deploy battery storage systems, we can increase the grid's reliability, enhance resiliency during powerful storms and demonstrate how state-of-the-art technology can improve service for our customers."
"We are grateful to the Maryland Public Service Commission for their efforts to move this project forward," said Martin Milani, CEO of Sunverge. "We are excited to partner with Delmarva Power on this groundbreaking effort. This program will be an important proof point in demonstrating the value of multi-service virtual power plants and aggregated residential battery systems, both for the benefit of consumers and the grid. The lessons learned from this program will help guide the power industry's efforts to fully integrate distributed energy resources, or DERs, and decarbonize the grid, improve local system reliability and enable participation of aggregated DERs in wholesale markets."
Sunverge Energy will install, operate, maintain and own the new battery systems during the 10-year pilot program. The battery storage systems are available for eligible customers on a first-come-first-served basis. Those interested in participating are encouraged to complete a brief survey at delmarva.com/EnergyStorage no later than July 9, 2021.
Participation requirements include:
Customers who have a residential solar system, charge an electric vehicle at their home, or participate in any energy efficiency programs, like Delmarva Power's Energy Wise Rewards Program, are encouraged to participate.
With one power line serving as a primary source of energy in the Elk Neck community, a downed tree, pole or other issue can result in most local customers experiencing a power outage. These battery storage systems will enable participating customers to store energy for later use, providing safe backup electricity during power outages. Energy from the battery storage systems will also be used to support the operation of the local energy distribution grid to safely and reliably deliver energy to Delmarva Power customers on hot summer and cold winter days when demand for energy is highest.
Program benefits for participating customers and the Elk Neck community include:
The Maryland Public Service Commission approved this program in November 2020 as part of the Maryland Energy Storage Pilot Program.
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