‘Alliant’ to use solar energy in home energy system
TechCrunch – 4 hours ago Alliant Energy is announcing a solar energy system that could power the home of one of its employees, a report in the New York Times said Tuesday.
Alliant is building the solar-powered system in collaboration with an unnamed partner company, which would build the power grid and supply the electricity.
The system would be able to supply enough energy to power up to five households at once.
A report in The Times said Alliant would have the first solar-based home energy systems in the U.S. in 2018.
Alliance is the world’s largest installer of solar power, which could also help the company reach its ambitious goal of doubling its renewable energy share to 60 percent by 2025.
The company, whose parent company, Alliant, is also the largest installer and seller of rooftop solar in the United States, has built a network of more than 400,000 rooftop solar installations in more than 70 countries, including in Australia, Canada, Chile, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
Alliances solar power systems are expected to cost around $4,000, with installation in the first phase estimated to be between $8,000 and $10,000.
The solar energy company is seeking to reach its goal of building 100 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2025 by expanding its solar installations to 1 million in the next three years.
The Alliant solar power system would also supply power to a local utility that would then use the solar energy to generate electricity.
Alliants CEO and cofounder Peter Sartore said the company’s plans would “give a significant boost to our ability to meet our ambitious energy needs.”
Sartores solar energy solution will be in the homes of the 1,500 employees of Alliant’s customer service center, where the company hopes to install its solar energy systems.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to make sure our people are able to live in their own home and be productive, as well as be able provide them with energy,” Sartoring told The Times.
“We are also working to create jobs and a good quality of life for the people we employ.”
The system, SartORE said, would not only supply electricity to the home, but also to the utility’s substations.
“This will be a cost-effective solution for our customers who would be looking for alternative ways to generate their own power.
It is a huge win for our company,” he said.
Allistant is one of several companies that are building systems to power homes with solar panels and rooftop solar panels.
Companies like SolarCity Corp., which sells energy-generating products, and Sunrun Corp., are building solar energy infrastructure to help customers pay for electricity.
Other companies, such as Duke Energy Corp. and Tesla, are also building solar power plants.
But solar power is becoming increasingly affordable and affordable for consumers and businesses, and there is an emerging market for it as a reliable source of power.