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The Hottest Amenity From Developers? A Power Plant Made of Batteries.

Charged via rooftop solar panels, the cells form a network that provides a building with backup electricity and that utilities can tap during peak periods.

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How Hard Is It to Build A Virtual Power Plant Anyway?

A closer look at the concepts and technology that will change the way we use electric power, featuring Geoff Ferrell, senior director of VPP Design, Construction & Operations at sonnen.

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How to Run a Virtual Power Plant From Your Luxury Apartment

Soleil Lofts was built not only to provide what the developer touts as “the perfect lifestyle,” but to operate as a virtual power plant (VPP). 


Want To Avoid Another Texas Debacle? Here Is How To Create A Clean, Resilient Electrical Grid

sonnen takes a turn-key approach to providing VPPs as part of new home construction. It partners with large multi-family builders and community developers, such as the Wasatch Group to build VPP functionality into projects from the ground up.

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Sonnen Brings Virtual Power Plants to California Apartment Complexes

The German battery system vendor and its real-estate partner Wasatch Group see grid services as key to multifamily solar-storage.

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Wasatch Group, sonnen plan 24 MW, 60 MWh virtual power plants in California for $130M

Battery developer sonnen and real estate and energy conglomerate Wasatch Group announced on Thursday the deployment of a series of residential power plant projects in California for over 24 MW, 60 MWh, building off the model from their Soleil Lofts community in Utah.

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Herriman 'Virtual Power Plant' Offers Solar Storage And A Glimpse Of The Power Grid Of The Future

Soleil Lofts will eventually have 600 units with solar panels and utility-controlled batteries, making the development a virtual power plant that Rocky Mountain Power can tap when energy demand is high.

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Project of the Year: Soleil Lofts solar+storage development

The virtual power plant outside of Salt Lake City underscores the role of utility involvement in emerging grid products. As distributed energy increases on the grid, many utilities are looking for ways to leverage behind-the-meter solar, especially when paired with energy storage.

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Rocky Mountain Power to operate largest US residential battery demand response project

Sonnen and the utility are partnering to build a virtual power plant at the new 600-unit apartment complex, with 12.6 MWh of energy capacity from a 5.2 MW solar array.

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The all-electric home: Tackling air pollution by cutting off natural gas

Herriman • The apartment complex rising on the southwestern edge of Salt Lake County looks like any other forming on empty lots, former farmland and razed scrub oak seemingly everywhere in Utah. But the 600-unit complex called Soleil Lofts is unlike anything seen in Utah — or in the United States, according to developer Wasatch Premier Communities and its partners.

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‘Transformative’: Sonnen to Deliver Community Battery Network with Grid Services Contract

“This is what we’ve been working on for years,” says Blake Richetta, CEO of the U.S. business at Shell-owned sonnen.


A Cutting Edge Virtual Power Project In Utah, With Batteries Managed By The Utility

Today, energy storage company sonnen, Inc. (a subsidiary of Shell), real estate developer Wasatch Group, and utility Rocky Mountain Power (a subsidiary of Pacificorp) announced a unique and ground-breaking virtual power plant (VPP) in Herriman, Utah, just outside of Salt Lake City.

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In this new solar-powered apartment complex, all 600 units have batteries that form a virtual power plant

With a battery in every apartment, the whole complex can store extra power when the sun shines, and then move it around where it’s needed at night.


Inside Sonnen Factory: No-Heat Phosphate Battery Technology Is Differentiator

Testing of the lithium-ion phosphate battery technology used by sonnenBatterie ecoLinx reveals its higher safety level compared to cobalt-based batteries used by Tesla Powerwall and others.

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'Not all batteries are made equal' — APS battery fire highlights safety risks, lack of knowledge

The recent explosion at an Arizona energy storage facility renewed concerns about battery safety. The incident highlighted the need to educate regulators and lawmakers, a sonnen official said.


Sonnen ecoLinx to Anchor New Illinois Sustainable Community

Battery storage company sonnen's ecoLinx will be the centerpiece of 'Wildwood of Marengo' passive home community. $700K homes represent sonnen's third sonnenCommunity in U.S.

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The New sonnen EcoLinx Pulls Residential Energy Management Into The Future — #CleanTechnica at #SPI2018

sonnen charged into the Solar Power International (SPI) show in Anaheim, California, this week with its new ecoLinx home energy management system.

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CE Pro Names the sonnen ecoLinx a 2018 Best Award Winner at CEDIA

September 6, 2018 - San Diego, CA – sonnen, the global market leader in smart residential energy storage, today announced that its groundbreaking and industry-disrupting product, energy automation with ecoLinx, has been recognized as a winner of the 2018 CE Pro BEST Award in the Energy Management category.


Sonnen ecoLinx Melds Solar Power, Battery Storage with Smart Home

Sonnen debuts its ecoLinx energy management system at CEDIA Expo 2018, calling the category 'previously ignored and industry disrupting.'

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During Puerto Rico’s Blackout, Solar Microgrids Kept The Lights On

As the utility on the island continues to fail, new systems of renewables–installed after the storm–are showing what a more resilient grid could look like.


Sonnen’s Home Energy Storage System Yields RMR from ‘Virtual Power Plants’

It’s been a while since custom integrators could get “energized” about a new equipment category. But residential energy storage could "spark" a whole new wave of enthusiasm, along with high profits and recurring monthly revenue (RMR), among integrators. The newest entrant into the space is sonnen, a 10-year-old Germany-based maker of high-end residential energy storage systems. The company’s technology is widespread in Europe, serving nearly 30,000 homes.

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Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

Solar Plus Storage Microgrids Bring Relief to Puerto Rico — And Hint of the Future

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After Months Without Power, Puerto Rico School Ditches Grid

High in the mountains of central Puerto Rico, a school that’s been without power for five months since Hurricane Maria has given up on the island’s utility. Classrooms at the SU Matrullas school in Orocovis are now entirely powered by solar panels and battery storage systems supplied by sonnen GmbH and local developer Pura Energia. 


Mandalay Homes to build 3,000 Arizona homes with solar and sonnen batteries

German battery maker sonnen GmbH on Thursday said it would partner with home builder Mandalay Homes to outfit 3,000 new Arizona homes with batteries to store the excess energy generated by their rooftop solar installations.


sonnen: Changing The Way We Buy, Store, And Sell Electricity

I recently had an opportunity to speak with Blake Richetta, Vice President of Sales for sonnen – the residential energy storage company that began focusing on U.S. markets in 2015. Richetta, who was briefly Tesla’s North American Powerwall sales manager, has an extensive background in lighting controls (working for Lutron for over 15 years), and understands the automated home environment.

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Bloomberg - Sonnen Considering IPO in Bid to Rival Tesla Powerwall Storage

Sonnen gains China’s Envision Energy as stakeholder before IPO. Sonnen GmbH, a German solar-energy-storage maker that competes against Tesla Motors Inc.’s Powerwall battery, may pursue an initial share sale as early as 2017 to develop additional services.

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greentechmedia - sonnen and AutoGrid Marry Big Data With Battery-Backed Solar

Why software and data are critical to getting the most value out of distributed energy storage. 

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Los Angeles Times - German company plugs into L.A. area for its electricity storage operation

Los Angeles Times - German company plugs into L.A. area for its electricity storage operation

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Utility Dive - The Tesla killer? Sonnen's CEO on its US energy storage market strategy

The German storage company's CEO talks U.S. markets, partnerships with utilities and the competition with Tesla

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pv magazine - sonnen launches its eco battery storage system for the U.S. market

pv magazine LIVE takes a look at the Sonnen eco, a plug-and-play residential battery storage system which was launched on the U.S. market in December. Joining pv magazine LIVE is Sonnen CEO Boris von Bormann and Senior Technical Trainer Greg Smith.

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Utility Dive - Should utilities be afraid of Sonnen's new community storage offering

Germany's Sonnen is bringing its community aggregation approach to the U.S. residential storage market.

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Sonnenbatterie Battery System Beats Tesla Powerwall To US

sonnenBatterie Battery system beats Tesla Powerwall to US

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German battery maker launches scheme to share solar power

German battery maker Sonnenbatterie has launched a scheme to connect households with solar panels and other consumers, aiming to better distribute surpluses of the renewable energy and help members to become more independent of conventional suppliers.

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The Threat to Tesla Motors That You've Never Heared of

A small company in Germany may be years ahead of Tesla Motors in energy storage.