Sonnen Supplies First Net-Zero Low-Income Housing Project

For each of the 14 homes involved, the sonnenBatterie home battery system is being installed in conjunction with small-scale solar rooftop panels, helping local utility Green Mountain Power, to reduces peak demand on the grid. The homes are being constructed by VERMOD.

Clean Energy Group Project Director Todd Olinsky-Paul said, “The McKnight Lane Housing Development is unique because it enables low-income rural communities to access these technologies today, not years from now.”

The McKnight Lane Affordable Housing Development project in Waltham, Vermont, is led by the Addison County Community Trust and Cathedral Square, and represents the efforts of a coalition of stakeholders from community development and agencies, industry, state government, philanthropy. The project entails transforming a blighted mobile home community into an energy resilient community using solar plus the sonnenBatterie’s smart energy storage technology.

Supporters for the project included: the Addison County Community Trust; Cathedral Square; Clean Energy Group and its Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA); Efficiency Vermont; the High Meadows Fund; and The Vermont Community Foundation Sustainable Future Fund.

CESA, a coalition of state and municipal clean energy funds, will work with sonnen and Green Mountain Power to collect and analyze data from the battery systems and develop system optimization analysis. CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), supported by U.S. DOE Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S.

CESA’s Energy Storage Technology Advancement Partnership (ESTAP), supported by U.S. DOE Office of Electricity and Sandia National Laboratories, is a federal-state funding and information sharing project that aims to accelerate the deployment of electrical energy storage technologies in the U.S.

Clean Energy Group’s Resilient Power Project is designed to help states and municipalities with program and policy information, analysis, financial tools, technical assistance, and best practices to speed the deployment of clean, resilient power systems in their communities.