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Vermont regulators approve pioneering GMP energy storage programs

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Green Mountain Power (GMP) customers now have two new home battery programs they can enroll in starting June 5, after a Vermont Public Utility Commission order was issued last week.  GMP’s Tesla Powerwall and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs are both modeled on the company’s pilot programs that provide customer savings and back-up power during outages, according to the company.

GMP’s BYOD tariff, in partnership with Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), offers up to $10,000 in upfront incentives to customers purchasing their own batteries through local installers. At least 500 customers can enroll each year up to a maximum of five MW of total energy storage capacity annually.

Customers can choose from several battery brands, and the amount of stored power they enroll determines the amount of their upfront savings. Customers enrolled in this program also help to lower costs for all GMP customers by providing access to stored energy during peak demand times.

The enrollment process for the incentives starts June 5thand customers can enroll directly with REV members offering participating battery storage services including:

Building Energy Services, Catamount Solar, DC Energy Innovations, Grassroots Solar, Green Earth Energy, Green Mountain Electrical Supply, Green Mountain Solar, Harvestar Power, Integrated Solar Applications, Integrity Energy, Norwich Solar Technologies, Nunez Electric, O’Meara Solar, Peck Electric, Positive Energy, Power Guru, PV Squared, Radiant Works, RAK Solar Services, ReVision Energy, Robert Stubbins Electrical, Same Sun of Vermont, Saxtons River Solar Electric, Smith & McClain, Solaflect Energy, Solar Dave, Solar Pro, Solartech, Southern Vermont Solar, Sun Catcher, SunCommon, Sunrun, and USA Solar Store. 

GMP’s Powerwall tariff allows up to 500 customers to enroll each year in the program. They will pay $55 per month for two Powerwall batteries in a 10-year lease which covers standard installation, with the option of five more years at no additional cost. Customers can alternatively pay $5,500 up front if they choose. Customers also agree to share their stored energy with GMP during peak energy use times, which helps to lower costs for all GMP customers. Combined, the BYOD and Powerwall programs are projected to create millions of dollars in savings for all GMP customers.

GMP customer Megan Cannuci of Proctor, Vermont has a Powerwall and says it is exciting that more Vermonters will be able to enjoy the same backup power her family had during a severe Halloween storm last year.

“Team Vermont is again leading the way in home energy storage, and we’re so glad to be able to help grow this green economy by working together with our customers and partners in energy innovation in Vermont. This work to drive down costs for all customers and increase resiliency and safety is always important but is highlighted even more now during this extraordinary time,” said Mari McClure, GMP’s president and CEO.

“Seamless, automatic and gas free back-up with battery storage charged by local renewables is the best way to weather storms and keep the lights on in your home or business,” said Olivia Campbell Anderson, Executive Director of Renewable Energy Vermont.