Mercedes-Benz brings its home battery to the US

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Daimler plans to sell the batteries through the Mercedes-Benz Energy subsidiary it created past year.

For Vivint, it will be the first time the company has integrated battery storage with its solar power systems. Batteries can be combined, however, to store up to 20 kWh of energy.

The German automaker on Thursday became the newest player in the growing USA market for home batteries through a collaboration with Vivint Solar, a leading US residential rooftop solar installer.

Mercedes-Benz Energy has made a lot of noise about its new energy storage units for the home, but Americans keen to get their hands on a set have been left wanting since the product was unveiled past year.

They released the picture seen above of a home with both a Vivint solar installation and a Mercedes home battery pack. As such, many have begun installing solar panels on their properties while also seeking other clean energy and storage solutions. In Germany as well, Mercedes had collaborated with regional utilities and solar companies to reach their targeted audiences, and now they have joined with Vivint Solar to achieve similar goals in the U.S.

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The second advantage is that energy storage gives electric vehicle owners a more convenient way to charge their cars at home. And in two leading markets - California and Hawaii - new rates, incentives and rules are pushing customers to obtain batteries along with the solar panels.

California is the first US market where Vivint Solar will offer this solution directly to homeowners.

Vivint Solar, a Utah-based installation company with customers in 16 states, offers custom services for homeowners, including solar panel installation, smart home systems and storage.

"We're not just looking at energy storage as a pure storage play, but looking strongly at it from an electric-vehicle perspective, as well with the expansion of Daimler into EVs", von Bormann said.

A recent survey by Greentech Media found residential storage in the US costs between $1,300 and $2,000 per kilowatt-hour, excluding installation charges. "Our solution allows customers to take the next step toward a sustainable energy future. We look forward to bringing this innovative solution to consumers, beginning in our California markets, and to empowering greater renewable energy usage". Deployments of these set-ups totaled 336 megawatt-hours in 2016, double the amount deployed in 2015, GTM Research and the Energy Storage Association reported in March. The company is utilizing lithium-ion technology it has developed for its expanding electric and hybrid vehicle offerings. Previous year the industry generated $320 million in revenue in the United States, though residential systems made up just 4 percent of the total.

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