Mercedes-Benz launched a us stationary storage company in November with plans to begin selling battery storage products to customers in 2017.
"The launch of our home battery system in Europe has been successful, and we are thrilled to be working with Vivint Solar to bring a reliable and compelling solar plus storage offering to American homes", he said. A 20 kWh home energy storage system - made of several connected batteries - will cost about $13,000 fully installed. Mercedez-Benz announced on Thursday, May 18 that it is teaming with solar-energy company Vivint to develop an all-in-one solar/battery setup of its own, Engadget said.
For homeowners with solar power, the collaboration will provide them with more control over managing electricity costs and providing backup power if the grid goes down. The company has done surveys and research to gauge what customers want, and they want smart energy consumption systems and solar storage, he said. "Adding storage is an obvious approach to improve the return on investment on a solar solution". This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a US solar provider. Homeowners will have the same backup capacity as in the USA, and commercial customers are being given access to more power storage.
"Storage will be more and more important in the future of any company that is going to deploy solar", Bormann said.
This will also be Mercedes-Benz Energy's first collaboration with a USA solar provider.
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Home battery systems allow customers to store solar energy captured during the day for use at night, a time when they might charge their electric vehicles.
For reference, a US residential home used 901 kWh of electricity a month on average in 2015, according to the US Energy Information Administration.
The deal, he said, "allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future". The company is responsible for the development and distribution of stationary energy storage under the Mercedes-Benz brand.
The move is the latest in the solar industry's progression, started by Tesla CEO Elon Musk, of rolling battery and solar installations into one process. That doesn't sound too bad, and if the price is right, Mercedes-Benz could certainly break into the energy scene here in the US. The company is utilizing lithium-ion technology it has developed for its expanding electric and hybrid vehicle offerings. The luxury carmaker is partnering with Vivint Solar in order to sell an intelligent solar ecosystem to California residents. With Vivint Solar, customers can power their homes with clean, renewable energy and typically achieve significant financial savings. A full system costs $6,200 plus installation, and multiple Powerwall packs can be wired together for greater capacity.