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FEB 2, 2016

Four percent of U.S. broadband households own solar panels, up from 2% in 2013

Parks Associates, Vivint, Austin Energy, Silver Spring Networks, SunPower, and Enphase to discuss residential solar market at 2016 Smart Energy Summit

New energy research from Parks Associates reports adoption of solar panels has reached 4% of U.S. broadband households, up from 2% in 2013. Seven percent of U.S. broadband households plan to purchase a solar panel in the next 12 months.

At the Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer, February 22-24, in Austin, TX, Parks Associates analysts and solar industry executives, including Vivint Solar, Austin Energy, Silver Spring Networks, Inc. (NYSE: SSNI), SunPower, and Enphase, will examine the role of this technology in the smart home and how solar combined with storage innovations will boost the role of energy in the IoT.

“Consumers are interested in taking an active role in the energy grid—40% of U.S. broadband households are very interested in the ability to store unused power and sell it back to the grid,” said Tom Kerber, Director of Research, Home Controls & Energy, Parks Associates. “As rooftop solar reaches retail parity across the U.S., integrating generation and smart home products can drive significant value, and at the Smart Energy Summit, we will discuss strategies and early partnerships in this area.”

In 360 View: Energy Management, Smart Home, and Utility Programs, Parks Associates notes 40% of consumers find a home energy management system that allows them to disconnect from the electric grid “very appealing.”

The Smart Energy Summit session “Solar Industry: Integration, Competition, and Impact on IoT” on Wednesday, February 24, at 8:45 a.m., will focus on consumers’ preferred payment options and the role of distributed generation in the IoT. Speakers include:

  • Dwain Kinghorn, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Solar
  • Karen Poff, Project Manager, Austin Energy
  • Matt Smith, Senior Director of Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks
  • Ivo Steklac, Vice President General Manager of RLC Solar Energy Solutions, SunPower Corporation
  • Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Director, Product Management for Energy Management, Enphase

"The future of solar is not to simply exist as a stand-alone energy generation island in the home but rather to work as part of a broader integrated smart energy home. Solutions that enable homeowners to optimize their savings as well as let them better control how they consume power will quickly become a mainstream element of the residential solar experience,” said Dwain Kinghorn, Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer, Vivint Solar.

“As renewable energy penetration grows every year, it is critical that distributed energy resources providers have access to reliable networking solutions to manage their fleets, engage customers, and to provide critical grid management services to the distribution grid,” said Matt Smith, Senior Director of Utility Solutions, Silver Spring Networks. “Our experience connecting distributed energy resources depends on the combination of network coverage, open standards, and a common platform to connect and manage these distributed assets which can adjust to the ever-changing conditions of the grid.”

“SunPower customers using solar integrated with innovative smart energy technologies are actively managing their energy to maximize value and achieve personalized energy goals,” said Ivo Steklac, SunPower vice president and general manager, solar energy solutions. “It’s an extraordinary improvement over passive energy use and also has positive implications for areas such as utility grid resilience and reliability.”

"The case for going solar is even stronger now that intelligent consumption monitoring and storage can be integrated with solar. Homeowners can have more control over their energy, and utilities will benefit from a system that can seamlessly adapt to the changing dynamics of the future grid," said Ilen Zazueta-Hall, Director, Product Management for Energy Management, Enphase.

Keynote speakers at the Smart Energy Summit include executives from EnergyHub, NRG, and Schneider Electric.

Sponsors include Tendril, EnergyHub, Honeywell, Powerley and DTE Energy, Affinegy, ecobee, PlanetEcosystems, WeatherBug Home, WSI, Z-Wave, Schneider Electric, State Farm, Tyco, and WattzOn.

Media and organizations supporting the event include Advanced Energy Economy, IoT Consortium, Antenna, Antenna Systems & Technology, Conference Guru, Engerati, FierceEnergy, GreenButton Alliance, HomePlug Alliance, HomeToys.com, ISE Magazine, IoT Today, Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA), KNXtoday, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Open Interconnect Consortium, OpenADR Alliance, Remote Site & Equipment Management magazine, SmartGridNews, SmartGridSpain, Smart Grid Today, TD The Market Publishers, TREIA, Utility Dive, and WSN Buzz.

Information about the Smart Energy Summit can be found at http://www.ses2016.com. Press passes are available at http://www.parksassociates.com/ses-presspass. To schedule a meeting with an analyst or speaker or to request materials from the energy conference, please contact Holly Sprague at hsprague@gmail.com or 720.987.6614.

About Smart Energy Summit

Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer addresses the evolution of the consumer utility market, the impact of COVID-19 on energy management programs, and new opportunities to drive engagement in utility-sponsored programs. Virtual panels and networking sessions, featuring executive-level experts from multiple industries, address strategies for utilities, service providers, retailers, software providers, and manufacturers to expand and monetize energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

Smart Energy Summit features an in-person conference February 13-15 at the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, with virtual sessions on June 15, August 17, and November 9. The summit agenda features leaders from utilities, state and national regulators, telecom and security companies, retailers, and OEMs. Follow the event on Twitter at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy23. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit www.smartenergysmt.com.