The energy storage category is seriously heating up recently, with products from Sonnen, Tesla, and Rosewater all making headlines in recent months. Now, LG Electronics USA is looking to enter the market with its two Energy Storage Systems (ESS) and an expandable battery pack.
During the Solar Power International Conference in September, LG unveiled and launched its two new energy storage systems and an expandable battery pack for American homeowners: an AC-coupled 5.0 kW system for those who already have solar panels of any type on their homes, and a DC-coupled 7.6 kW system as part of a new installation of LG solar panels.
According to Garry Wicka, head of marketing for LG Business Solutions, these energy storage systems create a flexible energy maintenance system for homeowners who want to take more control of their home energy use.
“Providing residential clients with the highest quality products and bringing added value to their homes are top priorities for LG Solar. Our new energy storage systems align with LG's leading solar solutions and allow homeowners to take more control of their energy usage with an extremely reliable and scalable system,” says Wicka.
LG Energy Storage Systems work by using a “smart energy management” function to store excess energy produced from residents' solar panels for use during hours when the solar panels cannot produce energy, such as at night.
LG says this allows for less reliance on the energy grid during peak energy consumption hours when time-of-use electricity rates are often highest.
During a power outage, LG ESS solutions can each store up to four hours of energy and can be scaled up for more storage through pairing with an expandable battery pack.
The LG ESS models are covered by a 10-year warranty and are now available for purchase.