Customers in Most States Could Cut Energy Costs by Adding Battery Storage to Solar

September 14, 2017

by Seth Mullendore (Clean Energy Group) for NREL

New research shows that more than 25 percent of all commercial customers across the continental United States may be able to further reduce their electricity bills by adding battery storage in conjunction with solar installations. And perhaps surprisingly, some of the best economic opportunities for customer-sited storage are in states like Colorado, Michigan, and Georgia.

These findings are detailed in a new paper released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clean Energy Group, Identifying Potential Markets for Behind-the-Meter Battery Energy Storage: A Survey of U.S. Demand Charges. It represents the first comprehensive analysis of commercial battery storage market opportunities across the U.S., finding that about 5 million customers nationwide may have the potential to cost-effectively invest in storage technologies today.

In a new post on NREL's Solar Technical Assistance Team blog, Clean Energy Group's Seth Mullendore explains the implications of this report for the US solar market. Read the blog post at the link to the right.

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