SunEdison, a subsidiary of MEMC Electronic Materials, Inc., has joined the Pecan Street Inc. smart grid project. As part of its role, SunEdison will be leading development of the advanced home solar photovoltaic (PV) charging systems for the Chevrolet Volt.
Pecan Street Inc. is creating a consumer-focused smart-grid demonstration project in Austin, Texas, built around home applications, and consumer electronics. SunEdison joins other participating companies—Best Buy, Check-It, Chevrolet, Freescale, Intel, Landis+Gyr, Sony and Whirlpool—in deploying products and dedicating researchers to the project who will collaborate with Pecan Street Inc. and University of Texas researchers.
Deployments by member companies include one of the nation’s most highly concentrated residential installations of EVs, home services systems, smart appliances and charging of cars from home solar panels.
A number of the SunEdison-led home solar vehicle charging systems will also have in-home batteries, and all systems will integrate into the home services systems provided by other companies in the Pecan Street Inc. project including Best Buy/Check-It, Intel, Sony and Whirlpool. More than 150 participating residents will have rooftop solar PV, including nearly all of the residents who acquire Volts.
The information about how and when customers use energy supports the development of smart EV+PV systems that provide truly green transportation that does not replace carbon from tailpipes with carbon from smokestacks. The approach also efficiently supports services that are important to consumers and to controlling smart appliances.