The City of Santa Barbara signed on Electriq Power as an energy storage system partner for its very cool the Santa Barbara Home Power Program. The program’s key goal is offsetting 100% of each home’s electricity consumption, providing immediate savings over annual utility costs.
“At Santa Barbara Clean Energy, we are looking to improve local resilience by building local energy generation and storage. The Santa Barbara Home Power Program allows local residents to do just that, while also gaining peace of mind against potential grid outages and rising prices,” said Alelia Parenteau, Acting Sustainability & Resilience Director, City of Santa Barbara, Sustainability & Resilience.
The Santa Barbara Home Power Program covers the cost of a customized solar power and battery storage system. Customers pay for the power produced by the system over the term of the agreement. The usual financial barriers blocking low-to-moderate income communities’ access to clean energy financing options, such as credit checks and property liens, are removed from the process. The program also seeks to provide the same access to clean energy options for renters.
Electriq’s PowerPod 2 enables users to avoid peak pricing spikes and benefit from resilience in the event of Public Safety Power Shutoffs, as well as support the region’s vulnerable electrical infrastructure. When deployed across the entire county, the future fleet of solar + storage microgrids will enable a more evolved grid to emerge as electrification and Distributed Energy Resource (DER) deployments accelerate, while providing assets that can be utilized for decades.
“We are pleased to have this opportunity to provide every Santa Barbara County homeowner, at any income level, with our sustainable and resilient energy solution,” said Frank Magnotti, CEO of Electriq Power. “At Electriq Power, we believe that access to clean, dependable energy should not be limited due to financial constraints. Rather, it should be available to anyone who needs it and sees its value in both saving money and contributing to a greener environment. We look forward to supporting similar clean energy community access programs in the future.”