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20 May 2017, 04:14 | Frank Carlson
Utah-based Vivint Solar to packages panels with Mercedes-Benz batteries
Mercedes has been selling the batteries in Europe and South Africa this year, but its partnership with Vivint, announced Thursday, represents its entrance into the US market.
The device, manufactured at the Mercedes subsidiary Deutsche ACCUmotive, can store 2.5 kilowatt-hours of energy but could be combined to store up to 20 kWh.
Mercedes-Benz is taking a page out of Tesla's book, announcing today that it will soon pair its batteries with solar energy systems installed by Vivint Solar. These storage systems are made to Mercedes-Benz quality standards and based on the same automotive-grade battery technology used in its electric and hybrid vehicles.
The hope is that linking solar, batteries, and electric vehicles together may prove to be a more convincing model than solar panels as a way to reduce energy costs alone.
"Adding storage is an obvious approach to improving the return on investment on a solar solution".
Mercedes's systems will be cheaper. This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a US solar provider. But in many other states, potential customers may be driven more by emotion - like feeling environmentally responsible or self-sufficient - than by cost savings. With solar panels charging the batteries, owners won't have to worry about racking up high utility bills or overloading the electric grid. The battery allows homeowners to store and use energy their solar power systems produce. "Our solution allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future".
"We're not just looking at energy storage as a pure storage play, but looking strongly at it from an electric-vehicle perspective, as well with the expansion of Daimler into EVs", von Bormann said. "We look forward to bringing this innovative solution to consumers, beginning in our California markets".
California is the first USA market where Vivint Solar will offer this solution directly to homeowners. Starting in Q2, California customers will be able to buy the offering outright or finance the purchase.
Like Tesla, Mercedes offers a 10-year warranty on its residential battery packs.
According to BusinessInsider, Mercedes will be providing its at-home battery as a part and parcel of this drive.
The number-two solar installer, Sunrun, partnered with LG Chem to create its BrightBox hybrid offering, which went on sale in Hawaii and California previous year. With Vivint Solar, customers can power their homes with clean, renewable energy and typically achieve significant financial savings.
Though the power rating of the Mercedez battery system can depend on the power electronics specific to particular installations, but in general it is 0.5 C up to 4 battery units.
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