Mercedes-Benz Energy follows Tesla Energy with an announcement of its own for combining its energy storage systems with a solar install for the U.S. market - made possible via new partner Vivint Solar.
Mercedes-Benz Energy - Storage Home
Mercedes offers standalone 2.5 kWh modules, which can be stacked up to eight units deep for a total of 20 kWh of capacity.
Vivint Solar (homepage here), as of press, has installed solar PV systems at more than 100,000 homes across the U.S. So, they aren't a small player in the industry.
The joint offer will be launched this quarter in California.
"With energy storage to complement rooftop solar, Vivint Solar customers will be able to have more control over the renewable energy they generate. In addition to providing a backup power source if the grid goes down, the new combined solution may help customers reduce energy costs. For instance, in areas with time-of-use electricity rates, customers can store excess solar energy produced by the system during the day in the batteries and then consume it during periods of peak energy usage in the evening and at night when electricity rates are typically higher.
Each energy storage system will consist of modular 2.5 kWh batteries that can be combined to create a system as large as 20 kWh, making it easy to scale and tailor energy storage systems to individual customer profiles. Vivint Solar will customize each system based on the customer's individual energy consumption needs, providing consumers with an important tool to help them manage their energy costs while utilizing clean energy."
Boris von Bormann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy Americas, LLC said:
"As Mercedes-Benz electrifies its vehicle fleet, solar plus storage is essential to enable those vehicles to be powered by clean energy. With batteries featuring the best in automotive engineering from Mercedes-Benz, and high-quality solar energy systems from Vivint Solar, our solution allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future. 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."
David Bywater, CEO of Vivint Solar said:
"The choice to work with Mercedes-Benz Energy, a world-class innovator in energy storage, was an easy one. We believe their energy storage system is going to delight our customers and are impressed with their ambitious plans for the future. We look forward to bringing this innovative solution to consumers, beginning in our California markets, and to empowering greater renewable energy usage."