SUNVAULT™ STORAGE + CONNECTEDSOLUTIONS
Make money and support your local energy grid
Eversource, National Grid, and Cape Light Compact customers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are now eligible to enroll SunVault™ systems in ConnectedSolutions—a New England demand response program that enhances energy independence and rewards customers for helping to reduce carbon emissions.
Networking your SunVault™ system with other home storage batteries across the state, creates a shared supply of clean energy that reduces peak-time costs for everyone. In other words, help stabilize your local grid with excess energy and make some extra money in the process.
Earn Extra Cash
Sell excess energy stored in your battery to the utility and earn hundreds of dollars every year—on top of your electric savings and incentives.*
- *. Amount earned is based on the average kW your battery contributes.
Help Your Community
Share your energy and reduce demand during peak times (2pm – 7pm) for a cleaner, stronger power grid across your state.
Keep Your Reserves
Stored energy is shared during peak demand events only, not storms. So, you can keep a personal energy stash for unplanned outages.
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Frequently asked questions
What is ConnectedSolutions and how does it work?
ConnectedSolutions is a program which incentivizes customers who share stored energy when the New England electric grid needs it.
Customers are compensated by their local program administrator on a performance basis for the average kW of stored electricity they receive from the customer’s SunVault™ Storage system during dispatch events. The program runs in summer (June 1 – September 30) and winter (December 1 – March 31) only. Event durations are a max of three hours and occur between the hours of 2pm and 7pm EST.
Am I eligible to participate?
If you live in Connecticut, Massachusetts or Rhode Island, own a SunVault™ system and are a National Grid or Eversource electric customer, or are served by Cape Light Compact for energy efficiency services—yes!
Eversource customers in New Hampshire are also eligible to participate as long as the annual enrollment cap has not yet been met. We encourage you to check the Eversource website for more information.
Can I still reserve backup energy for a power outage?
Your ConnectedSolutions program administrator will not schedule dispatch events if a severe storm is forecasted in your area.
During scheduled events, SunVault™ will continue to retain enough battery capacity to match your selected reserve level for unexpected outages. If at any time you want to reserve more battery capacity, you can adjust the setting in your mobile app. During non-event days, your battery will operate based on your preferences.
How is performance calculated?
Performance is calculated by your program administrator by taking the average kilowatts (kW) your system contributes per event, averaged over the season, and then compared to your typical battery use.
How much should I expect to earn in incentives?
The incentive earned depends on the most recent incentive rate and the average kW your battery contributes. The current incentive rate for Connecticut and Massachusetts customers in 2021 is $225/kW for the summer and $50/kW for the winter, and $400/kW for Rhode Island customers. There is no winter season or incentive in Rhode Island.
How do I enroll my home battery in ConnectedSolutions?
Simply fill out the form above or call your local SunVault™ installer for more information.
How do I unenroll from ConnectedSolutions?
Simply email the appropriate organization to unenroll:
Eversource customers: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Grid customers: email@example.com
Cape Light Compact customers: firstname.lastname@example.org
Alternatively, you can contact your installer for more information.
Will I receive notification before events?
You may not receive notification before all events.
As a general rule, customers enrolled in the summer season should expect an event to be called most non-holiday weekdays as long as the grid is functioning normally (an event won’t be called if there are significant outages due to a storm). Customers enrolled in the winter season should expect no more than five events over the course of the season. Eversource, National Grid and Cape Light Compact will not call an event if extreme weather is in the forecast.
What other incentives can I apply for?
Solar + storage systems are still eligible for the 26% federal tax credit in 2021 and 2022.*
Massachusetts solar customers are also eligible to enroll in the SMART Program for additional incentives on SunPower Equinox® solar and SunVault™ storage systems.
Rhode Island solar customers are eligible to enroll in the Small Scale Renewable Energy Growth Program.
Questions we haven’t answered yet?
If you have further questions on this program, fill out the form above and we’ll be happy to talk through it with you.
- *. Tax credits subject to change. SunPower does not warrant guarantee or otherwise advise its partners or customers about specific tax outcomes. Consult your tax advisor regarding the solar tax credit and how it applies to your specific circumstances. Please visit dsireusa.org website for detailed solar policy information.