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Distributed energy solutions for the 21st century grid.

Modernizing our electric grid is one of today’s most exciting and complex challenges. The way that we generate, distribute and consume energy is evolving. Customers are demanding greater choice—with energy that’s cleaner, more affordable and more reliable. SolarCity’s distributed energy resources (DERs) offer grid planners and operators increased flexibility and resiliency as they work to modernize the grid.

Custom distributed solutions to
meet your grid needs.

Whether your challenge is at the local or system level, we can design an aggregated distributed energy resource portfolio to address your grid service needs:

Dynamic Capacity and Peak Shaving

By aggregating and shaping solar PV, battery storage, smart inverters and controllable loads, we can reduce the demands on your power distribution and transmission infrastructure. This controllable capacity can help you avoid or defer costly grid upgrades.

Flexible Ramping and Spinning Reserves

A dynamically controlled portfolio of DERs can provide immediately-available assets to support system and local ramping needs. Whether your need is daily system ramp support or dispatchable reserves without notice, our platform provides cost effective performance.

Frequency Regulation

Our distributed energy resource portfolios can follow frequency regulation dispatch signals to help match system supply and demand. Round-trip communication and control occur fast enough to participate in four-second frequency regulation markets.

Frequency Regulation

Our distributed energy resource portfolios can follow frequency regulation dispatch signals to help match system supply and demand. Round-trip communication and control occur fast enough to participate in four-second frequency regulation markets.

Voltage and Reactive Power Support

Our DER portfolios include smart inverters that provide voltage support and reactive power at both the bulk power and local levels.

These inverters can significantly improve power quality, reduce customer consumption and carbon emissions through conservation voltage reduction (CVR), offer a cost-effective alternative to voltage-regulating equipment, and reduce line losses.

Reliability and Resiliency

Our customer battery installations provide backup power to critical loads—improving customer reliability during routine outages. Aggregated portfolios of DERs can also provide system-level frequency response and support local microgrid operations to enhance system resiliency during major outages.

Reliability and Resiliency

Our customer battery installations provide backup power to critical loads—improving customer reliability during routine outages. Aggregated portfolios of DERs can also provide system-level frequency response and support local microgrid operations to enhance system resiliency during major outages.

Grid Visibility and Situational Intelligence

We offer precise visibility of the grid edge on a second-by-second basis across all of our systems. As the leading residential and commercial system installer, we have the broad system penetration needed to provide valuable grid condition information that will improve situational intelligence and operations.

Metering and Data Backhaul

In addition to DER visibility and control, SolarCity’s distributed communications infrastructure offers a cost-effective alternative for dedicated utility communications investments. Whether to backhaul grid-sensing data or increase the granularity of advanced metering data recorded and analyzed, SolarCity’s embedded communications infrastructure can securely and cost-effectively backhaul your data.

Manage DERs with our GridLogic platform.

Our software and control platform, GridLogic, comes pre-integrated with SolarCity’s vast deployment of DERs, allowing you to immediately monitor and control a significant portion of DERs on your grid. The GridLogic control platform is modular and scalable—so it can adapt and expand to manage all DER assets as your energy needs evolve. You can manage the platform through the GridLogic interface or through streamlined integration into existing utility control platforms.

Smart tools that engage solar customers.

SolarCity provides a full suite of web and mobile tools to engage and empower customers with DERs. These tools increase their participation in and enthusiasm for being part of a modern, clean energy grid. Customers can view their historical and real-time consumption as well as DER performance data. With SolarCity as your partner, your DER customers will become an asset in cost-effectively operating the distributed grid of the future.

Our consulting services can help you
create a better grid.

Transforming today’s aging grid to the grid of the future comes with many challenges. SolarCity has the experience and technology to help you integrate and take advantage of distributed energy resources to benefit the grid. Leverage our robust customer databases, software development depth and distributed control infrastructure. Our team can work with you to design customer programs and DER portfolios that support your grid design and operational needs.

Get in touch.

Have questions? Contact us at GridX@solarcity.com

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