PG&E establishes VPP pilot program with LG energy storage systems
A new Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is being set up on PG&E territory in Northern and Central California. The 100-home PG&E Battery Storage Pilot program will leverage LG energy storage systems and Sunverge’s DER software platform. The project also includes power management circuit breakers from Eaton Corp., enabling the holistic load control capabilities of the Sunverge platform, in addition to orchestrating and aggregating energy storage and solar photovoltaics.
The project should be operational in the first quarter of 2022.
“The project will evaluate a number of program design elements, including time-of-use and real-time price signals, load shaping and shifting, event-based demand response, as well as emergency reserve, frequency control and auxiliary voltage support services. This is an important project that we are excited to be a part of” said Martin Milani, CEO of Sunverge Energy.
Stephen Hahm, vice president of energy at LG Electronics USA, said: “Utilities are increasingly recognizing the value that distributed clean energy resources, combined with energy storage and intelligent control and orchestration, can add real value to consumers, communities, the grid and the utilities themselves.” In addition to LG’s energy storage systems and the ThinQ Energy app, some homes in the PG&E pilot project are expected to include LG’s solar modules, he explained.
The LG ThinQ Energy app, which sits on top of LG’s hardware and Sunverge DER platform and optimization algorithms, “provides a platform for homeowners to interact with their home’s energy profile in new and creative ways,” Hahm added. . For example, the LG ThinQ Energy mobile app unlocks value by allowing customers to view and control their home’s solar energy production, battery storage and load regulation.
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