Hawaiian residents are prepared to say “Aloha” to smarter, more energy efficient homes thanks to the latest launch from SolarCity.
The company has introduced a new Customer Self Supply program that will offer a Smart Energy Home to new residents in Hawaii. The offering includes a customized combination of solar, battery storage, smart electric water heating and also a Nest Learning Thermostat.
With this offering, SolarCity is taking its existing partnership with Tesla’s energy storage technology and combining it with Nest’s extremely popular smart home product. Together, this union of products aims to “automatically modify energy usage based on how much solar power is available to prevent energy from being exported back to the grid,” according to a press release from SolarCity.
How exactly? SolarCity’s Smart Energy Home will manage energy by combining solar and batteries to store excess electricity generated from the solar power system during the day, then deliver it to the home at night. In addition, the smart electric water heater also uses solar PV to heat water during the day and store for later use in the evening.
The images below, from SolarCity’s website, show how these elements combine to make the process work.