In this new solar-powered apartment complex, all 600 units have batteries that form a virtual power plant

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by Adele Peters, Fast Company


A Salt Lake City apartment complex, named Soleil Lofts, is the first to incorporate solar plus storage into every unit.

  • The local utility will use solar and storage as a virtual power plant and will avoid using fossil fuels during peak hours
  • The developing company, Wasatch Group, used batteries from Sonnen, Inc. which are installed in all 600 units
  • The Wasatch Group saw investing in solar power and batteries as the right thing to do for the region, which is already experiencing climate impacts including worsening wildfires and droughts
  • The apartment complex includes 100 electric vehicle charging stations as well as 12.6 Megawatts of battery storage 

The Climate Center’s Advanced Community Energy initiative employs microgrids for resilience and carbon-free power with storage.

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