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Residential solar and storage provider Sunnova Energy International is partnering with smart panel maker Lumin to double down on flexible home energy management.
Integrating Lumin’s smart panel into Sunnova’s product will give homeowners more insight and control over their energy usage, the pair said in a statement.
And, given Lumin’s “hardware-agnostic” approach, the panel could also essentially serve as a retrofit, expanding the capacity of an existing circuit panel without having to invest in complete replacements. (Sunnova’s Adaptive Home package includes a foundational solar plus storage system with some home management capabilities, but has increasingly expanded to include various optional add-ons like generators and microinverters.)
This comes in the wake of 2023’s “banner year” for grid edge tech deals per Wood Mackenzie, and a particularly good year for customer energy management solutions. The latter were bolstered by partnerships like the latest between Lumin and Sunnova, but also between Sunnova and Generac and Sunrun and Lunar Energy.
That’s a trend that Dunlap anticipates the market will see more of in 2024: “The smart home market is growing and receiving increasing investment, making partnerships like the one between Sunnova and Lumin more likely as interconnected networks can expand market share and customer outreach,” she said.
But it’s not just residential solar companies that are all-in on integration. Today’s announcement also follows a string of integration announcements for Lumin, including a January 2023 partnership with distributed intelligence company Itron to enable “edge intelligence” for demand-response programs, and a December deal with ABB targeting behind-the-meter consumption data and home electrification.