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EnergyHub and SMA America partner to deliver cutting-edge solar inverter management for utilities

EnergyHub Team

November 12, 2019

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Nov.12, 2019 –  EnergyHub, the leading provider of distributed energy resource (DER) solutions for utilities, and SMA America, a prominent specialist for photovoltaic system technology, are proud to announce the two companies have finalized a partnership poised to deliver valuable inverter management functionality to EnergyHub’s utility clients.

Utilities can use EnergyHub’s Mercury distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) to deliver mission-critical grid services using SMA commercial and residential inverters through real-time management of essential inverter settings to support distribution network operations. The integration allows utilities to manage natively supported and remotely configurable settings on SMA inverters, including active power, reactive power, and ride-through settings.

SMA and EnergyHub are launching the SEP 2.0/IEEE 2030.5 protocol-based integration with Arizona Public Service (APS) to enable the utility’s innovative APS Solar Communities program. APS will use the Mercury DERMS to control SMA inverters at multi-family and commercial-sited solar PV systems throughout its service territory. The integration, which is compliant with California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Electric Rule 21 and the Common Smart Inverter Profile (CSIP), will support key use cases at APS, such as grid stability and excess solar curtailment in response to negative CA-ISO locational marginal prices.

“APS Solar Communities is a unique program that makes solar more accessible to residential customers as well as multifamily housing complexes for limited-income residents, nonprofits, Title I schools and rural governments,” said Marc Romito, Director of Customer Technology at Arizona Public Service. “The program is a prime example of how we’re using innovative technology to offer more clean-energy solutions that benefit both our customers and the grid.”

“We couldn’t be more excited to provide our award-winning hardware and IoT platform for energy management to customers in the APS Solar Communities program,” said Maik Brueschke, head of ennexOS and digital components at SMA. “Powered by our integration with EnergyHub, APS Solar Communities promises to deliver significant value to both APS and their customers for a long time.”

As many utilities face the challenge of daily peak solar generation exceeding peak demand — leading to issues like reverse power flow and negative pricing — the integration between EnergyHub and SMA provides utilities with powerful tools to solve those problems. With this control mechanism in place, customers enjoy reduced energy costs of the SMA solar energy systems while the utility benefits from the increased flexibility of grid-supportive solar energy generation. This creates a win-win scenario between the utility and consumers and will allow for smart solar growth in the future.

“We take a lot of pride in the fact that EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS has more device partner integrations than any other DERMS platform,” said Seth Frader-Thompson, President and Co-founder of EnergyHub. “Adding SMA to our roster of DER vendors is a huge win for us and our utility customers, and we’re looking forward to helping utilities get maximum value out of SMA solar systems.”

About EnergyHub

EnergyHub is the distributed energy resources (DERs) management platform for utilities. EnergyHub’s Mercury DERMS allows utilities to partner with their customers to deliver more powerful demand side management and grid services using the industry’s leading ecosystem of DERs. Our Bring Your Own Device service makes millions of existing connected homes available to utilities for demand response without a single truck roll. Over 40 utilities rely on EnergyHub’s platform to operationalize various configurations of programs and services. EnergyHub is an independent subsidiary of Alarm.com (NASDAQ: ALRM), the leading platform for the intelligently connected property. For more information, visit www.energyhub.com.  

About SMA
As a leading global specialist in photovoltaic system technology, the SMA Group is setting the standards today for the decentralized and renewable energy supply of tomorrow. SMA’s portfolio contains a wide range of efficient PV inverters, holistic system solutions for PV systems of all power classes, intelligent energy management systems and battery-storage solutions as well as complete solutions for PV diesel hybrid applications. Digital energy services as well as extensive services up to and including operation and maintenance services for PV power plants round off SMA’s range. SMA inverters with a total output of around 80 gigawatts have been installed in more than 190 countries worldwide. SMA’s multi-award-winning technology is protected by more than 1,400 patents and utility models. Since 2008, the Group’s parent company, SMA Solar Technology AG, has been listed on the Prime Standard of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange (S92) and is listed in the SDAX index.

Media Contacts:

Jamie Kemp                                                                                   
Aspectus Group for EnergyHub                                                  
+1 (646) 202 9815
Jamie.kemp@aspectusgroup.com   

Trish Moratto
Trish.Moratto@SMA-America.com      

Brad Dore
Brad.Dore@SMA-America.com
SMA America
916-251-6418

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