At times when there is high demand on the local electric distribution system (i.e. the “grid”) or during other critical periods, your Brightbox will respond by sending energy from your battery to the grid.
This coordinated discharge of your and your neighbors’ Brightboxes will occur in the afternoons during the Time of Use (TOU) hours when your energy prices are highest. This means that while there may be a slight change in the battery’s operation during a grid services event, you will retain the highest value from your system’s discharge.
Dispatch events may last from 2-4 hours between the hours of 5PM-9PM Pacific Time. Dispatches will occur every weekday of the year, including holidays. A portion of your battery will be reserved strictly for back-up power at all times.
By using the battery systems in this manner we will improve grid resilience, drive down costs for all customers by avoiding expensive infrastructure upgrades, and ultimately allow for deployment of more carbon-free solar energy and battery storage to the grid.