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This New Community In Arizona Will Feature Battery Packs In Nearly 3,000 Homes

By Brian Spaen

A German-based energy startup will be putting solar generation systems all over Prescott Valley’s new homes in Arizona. Sonnen is the battery manufacturer that will work with Mandalay Homes, a local construction company that will be installing nearly 3,000 battery packs in the community. Essentially, this will create a virtual power plant that has a capacity of 23 megawatt-hours.

Sonnen and Mandalay Homes will be providing battery packs that feature eight kilowatts of power and 16 kilowatt-hours of capacity in each of these homes. They’ll be connected to rooftop solar panels and will provide storage for use at night or when solar generation isn’t efficient enough. Mandalay CEO Dave Everson told Greentech Media that “homeowners will pay 40 to 60 percent less to operate their homes.”

Labeled as “Discovery Homes,” these buildings will still be connected to the grid when there isn’t enough power being received nor stored. Batteries will be charged during peak daylight hours, meaning many people will be able to enjoy electricity from storage without even realizing it. Late at night, the battery will also receive power from a local nuclear plant that is cheap and needs to run anyway.