CEC awards Yotta $1.23M to design solar + storage project in underserved community

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The California Energy Commission (CEC) awarded $1.23 million to Yotta Energy to develop a solar and storage system for a multifamily property located in Santa Ana, Calif. The project will benefit lower income residents, demo Yotta’s module-level battery technology.

The project is scheduled to kick off in August 2022. Ahead of installing the solar + storage system, Yotta will also perform data collection at SolarTAC’s Colorado facility, which is the largest testing facility for solar technologies.

In addition to economic benefits, the project will also examine reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, improvements to the surrounding environment, and implications to the existing utility grid by adding solar + storage in a low-income community.

Yotta will work with Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), an independent energy research and development organization, and solar developer Promise Energy.

The initiative will also demonstrate how solar and storage solutions can provide economic benefit for the city of Santa Ana. At scale, this can become a cost-effective solution that drives higher solar plus storage adoption rates, providing a pathway to an affordable, distributed energy resource solution for the residential market in California.

Yotta’s technology features a unique PV-coupled architecture that incorporates lithium-iron-phosphate batteries designed with advanced thermal management. In April, the Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program awarded Yotta $1.97 million for a new solar and storage microgrid project at Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Through replication and scaling, Yotta hopes to expand its solutions to other similar locations throughout the country.

“Our state has long been dedicated to introducing and integrating renewable energy, but as lower-income areas lagged behind in adoption due to a lack of resources, these communities have experienced elevated air pollution levels,” said CEC Chair David Hochschild. “We look forward to working with Yotta Energy on this project to demonstrate the viability of these installations and how we can replicate similar types across the state.”

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