SunEdison has revealed that it will be providing advanced energy storage systems to a net-zero pilot project in California.

SunEdison, the world’s largest renewable energy development company, announced last week that it will be supplying advanced battery systems to a net-zero energy homes pilot project being developed in Fontana, California. The project is being led by Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), with the support of the California Public Utilities Commission, with lead project partners Meritage Homes and local utility Southern California Edison.

The Electric Power Research Institute is leading the project in an effort to determine the impact on the local electricity grid of net-zero energy homes that generate and store their own energy.

“With this project, we’re pioneering solutions that will help Californians prepare for the future of the grid, where homes and businesses will be generating their own electricity on a much greater scale than we’re seeing today,” said Tim Derrick, SunEdison’s general manager of Advanced Solutions. “By installing SunEdison’s advanced battery systems on these net-zero energy homes, we’re able to store solar-generated electricity and better manage the interactions of that electricity with the grid.”

“EPRI is leading this project to gain insights into how a community of net-zero homes interacts with the local grid,” said Ram Narayanamurthy, EPRI’s project lead. “We’re using advanced controls and energy storage to manage these mini, distributed power plants that are expected to play a much larger role in the grid of the future.”

“Meritage Homes is excited to participate in this pivotal project,” said C.R. Herro, Meritage Homes’ vice president of Energy Efficiency and Sustainability. “Net-zero energy homes will be energy efficient, more cost effective to run, and have backup power in the event of a power cut.”