SunPower CEO Tom Werner has said that the idea of solar power users combining their systems with battery storage to become fully independent of the grid is “naïve”, echoing the views of one of SolarCity’s founders.
SolarCity chief technology officer Peter Rive, who founded the company with his brother Lyndon, wrote in April that while mass defections from the grid were technically possible, SolarCity had “no interest in this scenario”. Grid operators, Rive wrote, were best placed to distribute electricity, including from storage systems, where needed, in order to “lower costs for utilities and for all ratepayers”.
Speaking to PV Tech Storage, Werner, was asked if Sunpower agreed with Rive’s assertion and whether Sunpower was also uninterested in a grid independent approach using energy storage.
“I’d go further and say that grid independence is naïve. That’s not going to happen in the foreseeable future. There is a need for the grid, the grid plays an important role and will for the foreseeable future. SunPower has never taken the position that the utilities will be obsolete.”
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