Energy customers want convenience, choice and control

By Paul Ciampoli
News Director

Today’s energy customer wants a variety of things including choice, control and convenience, panelists said at a recent conference that examined California’s distributed energy future.

Customers “want choice and control, more than anything else,” said Farid Dibachi, CEO of JLM Energy, during a panel discussion at the March 16 conference. The panel focused on designing distributed energy resource solutions that customers want.

“Every single one of us gets a utility bill,” said Dibachi. “Every business that we work at receives a utility bill.”

Dibachi said that he is “awed by the fact that when I get that bill I have to pay it. There’s no argument, there’s no debate and I would, for one, like to see if I can exercise some control over how much I pay, to whom I pay.”

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Solar + Residential Energy Storage System Launched By JLM Energy

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California-based JLM Energy has launched a new solar power and residential energy storage system which uses Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries to work with the solar array. Proprietary software helps manage the system for effective energy efficiency, and a mobile app is available as well, which can remotely control devices such as thermostats and HVAC systems. CEO and Founder Farid Dibachi answered some questions about the Energizr 200.

What is the solar power capacity and energy storage capacity? For energy storage what is the kilowatt or megawatt hours?

Energizr 200 has a solar power capacity ranging from 3.8 kW to 8.2 kW and energy storage capacity ranging from 5.2 kWh to 20.8 kWh in increments of 2.6 kWh.

Our largest installation, in a very large home in CA, will be using 4 of the 20.8 kWh units. However, an average 2,000 to 2,500 sq ft house will use a system with 10.4 kWh capacity for demand shaving, time-of-use or self-consumption applications.

How many lifetime cycles for the energy storage?

Our batteries have a life cycle of 5,000 cycles and are projected to last 15 to 17 years for a typical demand shaving application.

What is the cost?

Using JLM’s patent-pending, Symmetric DC Regulation technology, our customers gain a substantial cost advantage by combining solar and energy storage.

For a 2,500 square foot house, a typical 5 kW solar system, integrated with 10.4 kWh battery, together with smart thermostats and load control, costs as low as $18,000 after the incentives. This includes installation costs.

By design, Energizr-200 systems’ batteries are charged strictly from solar and therefore the entire system qualifies for the 30% federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC).

In CA, Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides as much as 50% of the installed system cost.

Is the product modular? Can Energizr 200s be stacked together?

Energizr 200 is a modular unit and is field up-gradable. For example, the 5.2 kWh system can be field upgraded to a 20.8 kWh. In addition, complete Energizr 200 systems can be placed in parallel to fit any home or lifestyle.

Does it come with an inverter?

Yes, Energizr 200 uses a Fronius Inverter. Other inverter types are under development.

What is the warranty?

JLM warranties the entire system, including the batteries, for 10 years and provides a way for customers to receive a lifetime warranty in exchange for a small monthly O&M fee.

What is the product contained in, and can it be stored outdoors or should it be placed inside?

Energizr-200 is rated at NEMA-3R and is suitable for indoor and outdoor installation.

What is the installation procedure and who is qualified to do it?

We have a team of licensed electricians working directly for JLM who are based in California, Arizona, Nevada, and Hawaii. We also work with a network of more than 260 dealers and partners who have their own licensed electricians that perform installations.

What is the installation cost?

Installation cost is included in the product cost. However, we project that installation takes less than 4 hours of labor and in most cases could be completed in less than one day.

What are the product’s dimensions and weight?

Energizr 200 is 55″x32″x9″. The weight of the 20.8 kWh model is 775 lbs. and is designed to be wall-mounted.

You have sold some units to utilities. What are they using them for?

JLM’s Energizr-200 is the first product of its kind integrating solar and energy storage. The units are installed in homes by utilities to understand the impact of residential behind-the-meter energy storage on the utility’s grid and the customers’ monthly bill. This is important as the utilities assess the various approaches to the net energy metering. In addition to energy storage, the utility will experiment with smart thermostats and load control units that are integral parts of JLM’s Energizr-200 product ecosystem.

What kind of organizations or people are the early adopters?

Early adopters are interested in having choice and control over their power bill and are aware of the fact that energy technologies, combining solar, storage, smart thermostats and load control systems are emerging technologies that are bound to bring the desired level of control and choice to them. They are more often than not tech-savvy and anxious to participate as front-runners in the technology changes that bring about social change.

Source:  Clean Technica

Rocklin firm rolls out device to help homeowners cut electricity costs

A Rocklin energy-storage company has launched an automated solar energy storage system that aims to help consumers use power efficiently.

The firm, JLM Energy, believes its Energzr 200 system will help it capitalize on a growing energy-storage market as regulatory agencies impose energy mandates related to climate change.

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Grid Synergistic Residential Energy Storage System

JLM Energy announced the launch of its grid synergistic residential energy storage system, Energizr 200. The company reports that it is the first product of its kind combining solar and energy storage from the ground up.

In light of all the changes imposed by utilities and regulatory agencies, this technology is designed to provide consumers more choice and control in their efforts to save money by using renewable energy.

The launch of Energizr 200 marks the first time a single product optimally controls solar, storage and energy efficiency. Combining solar with a smart energy management system makes it possible to rely on stored energy during peak times to lower electric bills. Energizr’s proprietary Measurz software analyzes user habits to come up with efficiency recommendations.

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Energizr 200 Product Launch

JLM Energy launches transformational energy storage technology
Energizr 200 provides consumers with choice and control

ROCKLIN, Calif. – JLM Energy today announced the launch of its grid synergistic residential energy storage system, Energizr 200. It is the first product of its kind combining solar and energy storage from the ground up.

In light of all the changes imposed by utilities and regulatory agencies, this transformational technology is designed to provide consumers more choice and control in their efforts to save money by using renewable energy.

JLM Energy Founder and CEO Farid Dibachi said, “For 150 years, we’ve been told where to buy our electricity and how much we are going to pay for it. Solar has provided a significant stepping stone in choice and control but it has its limitations. Combining solar and energy storage without a significant loss in efficiency is the cornerstone of the technology development behind Energizr 200.”

“Solar energy is facing an increasingly challenging environment in states like Arizona, Hawaii and Nevada, while these same states are adopting aggressive renewable portfolio standards that utilities are challenged to meet. Energizer 200 is a grid synergistic solution that both utilities and consumers can get behind,” Dibachi said.

The launch of Energizr 200 marks the first time a single product optimally controls solar, storage and energy efficiency. Combining solar with a smart energy management system makes it possible to rely on stored energy during peak times to lower electric bills.

Energizr’s proprietary Measurz software analyzes user habits to come up with efficiency recommendations. The mobile app enables remote control of appliances including HVAC systems, smart thermostats and pool pumps that often cost the most to use.  Energizr 200 tracks real-time energy consumption to create efficiencies that can be monitored from home or remotely via smart phone application. This leads to more informed energy use decisions and immediate cost savings.

Energizr 200 uses Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries which are inherently safer due to their thermal and structural stability and last more than 10 years.

The emerging energy storage market is being driven by improved energy efficiency, the declining cost of solar and enhanced energy storage that is made possible by improved battery technology, creating a huge benefit to consumers. Federal incentives for residential energy storage systems are currently available for up to 30% of the total cost.

About JLM Energy
JLM Energy, Inc. offers a full portfolio of advanced energy solutions including smart energy storage systems. The team at JLM researches, develops, manufactures, installs and services products that are designed to save money and increase energy efficiency. The proprietary technology in Energizr 200 is also available in customized Commercial and Industrial solutions. Founded in 2011 by Farid Dibachi and Kraig Clark, JLM Energy is solely funded by the two partners and the revenues generated to date.

JLM Energy is launching Energizr 200 direct to consumer in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada. Energizr 200 is qualified as a consumer self-supply product in Hawaii. The technology will also be available through dealers and select solar partners nationwide. www.EnergyStoragePro.com.

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