Solar plus storage is already here: A Vermont utility wants batteries for every customer

by Brian Eckhouse, Bloomberg

A climate-conscious Vermont utility is partnering with Tesla Inc. as it aspires to install battery systems in every home it serves.

Green Mountain Power, which aims to use all renewable energy by 2030, is launching a pilot program allowing 250 customers to get two Tesla Powerwall batteries for $30 a month, according to a statement Tuesday. Besides getting more bang from wind and solar and keeping lights on during outages, the batteries will measure energy use, rendering meters obsolete.

“Our vision — our dream — is that there ends up being a battery in every home and business,” Mary Powell, Green Mountain’s chief executive officer, said in an interview.

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