The Adaptive Retail energy plan uses Sunnova SunSafe solar and battery storage systems to create a virtual power plant (VPP) that optimizes the fleet’s interaction with the power grid. By combining its customers’ battery storage and production capacity, Sunnova can offer a more reliable and flexible energy source that can respond to changes in demand and market conditions, the company says.
Sunnova and David Energy use their distributed energy resource management software to optimize their customers’ distributed energy resources (DER) and create a VPP in Texas. Sunnova’s battery base reacts in real time to David Energy’s platform, which dispatches the fleet based on the energy price of the wholesale market.
David Energy’s platform also allows these DER companies to integrate the value of demand response and offer their capacity to additional markets of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to create the lowest energy prices for Sunnova’s customers.
“Our Adaptive Retail plan represents a significant departure from the traditional centralized power generation model, putting more control and flexibility in the hands of our customers,” said William J. (John) Berger, CEO of Sunnova.
“By combining a retail energy plan with software that connects to a wide range of devices that many customers already have, David Energy’s platform can turn Texans’ homes into powerhouses,” added James McGinniss, CEO and founder of David Energy. “The potential to bring hundreds of megawatts of much-needed flexible capacity to ERCOT through these VPPs in the near future is very real.”