When conditions are right, sonnenConnect may use the battery to generate revenue for you daily. The scheduling and optimization of ChargeOn member battery systems are dynamic and dispatching the battery for a grid event will occur as the market calls for them. Typically, these events are unknown until approximately 24 hours ahead of time. If a future grid event is outside of sonnen’s normally scheduled energy management time frames, your battery dispatch schedule will be adjusted to participate in these events with the goal of maximizing your revenue.
Battery dispatch events can occur throughout the year when energy prices are high, and demand is driven higher by the increased consumption of electricity. However, it is not common for demand to approach or exceed the maximum amount of electricity available to a region. If this does occur and electricity demand outweighs supply, utilities may use rolling blackouts to protect the grid. These outages are infrequent and usually last less than an hour.
The need for backup power in California is most often due to PSPS events, which occur during extreme weather and wildfire conditions. During a PSPS outage, power will remain out for as long as extreme and dangerous weather conditions pose a potential fire risk.