LG Electronics USA and Sunverge Energy are collaborating together on a residential virtual power plant project with consumers in Northern and Central California — one of the first pilot programmes in the US to integrate load control and PV/energy storage control holistically. 

The PG&E Battery Storage Pilot Program will combine LG’s energy storage system and Sunverge’s distributed energy resources (DER) software platform to supply grid and consumer services to 100 homes in Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s service area of Northern and Central California. Eaton Corporation’s energy management circuit breakers are also used in the project, allowing the Sunverge platform to perform holistic load control, as well as energy storage and solar photovoltaic control orchestration and aggregation.

As per a company statement, creating value on both sides of the metre and helping utilities transition to more resilient and flexible distribution grids is the aim of this project, which is expected to be operational in the first quarter of 2022. Furthermore, time of use and real-time pricing signals, load shaping and shifting, event-based demand response, as well as contingency reserve, frequency control, and voltage support ancillary services, will all be evaluated as part of the project.

Sunverge Energy provides the company’s most advanced open dynamic platform for Virtual Power Plants, a grid-aware and dynamic power source made up of behind-the-meter DERs. Whereas, LG Electronics USA, Inc., based in Englewood Cliffs,  is the North American subsidiary of LG Electronics, Inc., a $56 billion global innovator in technology and manufacturing.