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Seven percent of US internet households own solar panels, and five percent own an electric vehicle (EV)

Smart Energy Summit addresses the future of energy at 14th annual executive conference featuring Toyota, AutoGrid, EnergyHub, Sunnova Energy, and more

Parks Associates’ research reveals that 7% of US internet households now own solar panels and 5% own an EV, with purchase intentions increasing for both solutions. The research is hosting leading energy players today at its 14th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer this week at the Omni Austin Downtown Hotel in Austin, Texas. The executive conference features keynotes from Austin Energy, CPS Energy, Electrify America, EnergyHub, GAF Energy, and Generac Grid Services. Executives and research analysts will gather to examine the integration of energy services and smart home solutions, the necessary infrastructure changes to accommodate changing consumer behavior, and strategies to drive the adoption of distributed energy resources.

“Consumer familiarity with EVs and solar solutions is growing as energy costs rise and favorable policies including new and extended incentives make these solutions more attractive,” said Chris White, Research Director, Parks Associates. “Our research shows nearly 20% of US internet households plan to buy an EV in the next 12 months.”

 The sessions Future of Vehicles: EVs, Charging, and Consumers, February 14 at 1:30 pm CT, and Solar: Renewable, Resilient, Communal, February 15 at 10:45 am CT, address the future of solar and electric vehicles, with the following executives:

  • Shankar Achanta, VP,  Products, Sunnova Energy
  • Cosmin Dumitrescu, Director of Product, Fermata Energy
  • Keally DeWitt, VP, Marketing & Public Policy, GAF Energy
  • Bethany Farchione, Marketing Director, Questline Digital
  • Max Parness, Senior Manager - Grid Services, Toyota
  • Sadia Raveendran, Senior Director, Industry Solutions, AutoGrid
  • JP Ross, VP, Local Development, Electrification and Innovation, East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)
  • Kevin Schwain, Senior Director, Electric Vehicles, EnergyHub
  • Will Shippee, Manager - Strategic Solar Accounts, Schneider Electric
  • Eamonn Urey, Product Manager, Salt River Project

“Leveraging the growing number of smart home products and services to help manage energy consumption is important to stabilize the grid and shift load from peak times,” White said. “As electrification drives increased demand, aligning consumption patterns with local supply becomes critical to reliable grid operation.”

Smart Energy Summit is sponsored by CSA - Connectivity Standards Alliance, Rapid Response Monitoring, Calix, Google, Schneider Electric, Austin Energy, Questline Digital, Resideo, and Copper Labs.

About Smart Energy Summit

Parks Associates’ 15th annual Smart Energy Summit: Engaging the Consumer is co-located with DISTRIBUTECH 2024 on February 27-28 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.  Smart Energy Summit addresses energy and renewables technology trends in the residential and small-to-medium business markets.

Industry players join expert panels and networking sessions to address the expansion and monetization of energy management and other energy-focused offerings through consumer engagement, new business models, unique partnerships, and innovative technologies.

The conference also features 2024 virtual sessions January 23, July 23, and October 10. Follow the event on Twitter/X at @SmartEnergySmt and #SmartEnergy24. For information on speaking, sponsoring, or attending Smart Energy Summit, visit