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Ovo, Sonnen to offer rooftop solar, storage package for residential customers in Spain

Bloomberg:

Ovo Energy Ltd has partnered with a Royal Dutch Shell Plc subsidiary to offer rooftop solar and batteries to homes in Spain.

The deal is the latest in a trend where energy suppliers offer complete energy systems that turn households into virtual power plants. Ovo’s Spanish offering is similar to Tesla Inc’s tariff launched in the U.K. last month that combines solar panels and a battery. Ovo is also carrying out a home battery trial in the U.K. with Sonnen.

The company entered the Spanish market last year and now has thousands of customers. Residential solar in Spain is forecast to reach 1 million rooftops by 2025 and is expected to be a large contributor to meeting the nation’s 74% renewable generation goal by 2030.

“The Spanish grid already has a significant amount of solar from the first wave of installations which happened about 10 years ago, and we’re expecting to see another wave as the cost of solar has come down,” Toby Ferenczi, Director of Ovo International said in an interview.

Sonnen is the world’s largest manufacturer of residential batteries and it is providing the storage technology. Ovo provides the customers and uses its Kaluza technology to optimize deployment of the battery to the grid. Spanish company Webatt Energy will install the kit in people’s homes.

Ovo is the U.K.’s second-biggest energy supplier after Centrica Plc and is also a supplier in France, Spain and Australia.

[Rachel Morison]

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