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SunPower One predictive and proactive whole-home energy management system launched – pv magazine International

Maxeon Solar Technologies has launched an integrated home energy management system, designed to work with solar PV, batteries, heating and cooling, appliances, and more.

Maxeon Solar Technologies announced the release of a holistic energy management system designed to interface with home solar panels, battery energy storage systems, as well as the complete set of energy loads in the house, including heating and air conditioning, appliances, lighting, etc.

The platform goes beyond system monitoring, proactively advising homeowners on ways to optimize their energy usage. It is able to recognize electricity consumption patterns and suggest other actions to reduce the energy bill.

An example is the SunPower One system which recognizes “always on” appliances in the home that would benefit from being turned off during peak demand periods and high electricity prices. It can also identify faulty devices that may require repair or replacement based on abnormal electrical signals.

With compatible products, the system enables smart use cases that increase self-consumption of solar PV generation, by scheduling EV charging times when solar surplus is produced or stored, or by operating systems heating and cooling at the most energy-efficient cost and time.

“We hope the SunPower One solution will reinvent and revolutionize the Beyond the Panel consumer experience, keeping homeowners informed with actionable energy insights within their homes, helping to make their homes more efficient and sustainable. ” Jeff Waters, CEO of Maxeon Solar Technologies

Maxeon’s SunPower One will come with the company’s SunPower Reserve home battery. The company said its integrated product group will continue to grow over the year, adding products such as electric vehicle charging, and unlocking additional software capabilities for value-added services for the customer.

The system will also assist installers by flagging opportunities identified by the homeowner’s energy use behaviors, making suggestions for more products and services for increased energy savings. The SunPower One tool also provides an installer-specific digital sales, design and quote platform.

“We have the freedom to think outside the box and take advantage of next-generation technologies to surpass traditional offerings in the market today. Our customers are our north star, and we will continue to prioritize solving their problems,” said Ralf Elias, Chief Product Officer at Maxeon Solar Technologies.

Maxeon’s SunPower One platform will be launched in Australia in Q3 2022 and will be rolled out to other markets globally throughout 2022. The United States and Canada will not be part of the 2022 launch. SunPower One will take place at Intersolar Europe from May 11-13.

Industry leading warranties and US expansion

Maxeon has made waves in the solar industry by announcing that its line of Interdigitated Back Contact (IBC) panels is now covered by a 40-year warranty in its main distributed solar markets. IBC cells feature back-contact energy conversion, allowing the entire front of the cell to absorb sunlight without any shading from metal ribbons like those found in conventional solar cells.

Maxeon’s IBC solar cells are backed by a 40-year warranty in major markets outside of the United States.
Image: Maxeon Solar Technologies

According to Maxeon, these panels have a minimum guaranteed yield of 98% during their first year of operation, followed by a maximum annual degradation of 0.25% for the next 39 years. The result is a guaranteed power level of 88.3% after 40 years.

In November 2021, photo magazine spoke with Mark Babcock, Chief Revenue Officer of Maxeon, who commented that Maxeon was consider manufacturing in the USAbut he said that for that to happen, some federal policy changes would be needed.

Babcock said a 3 GW cell manufacturing plant in the United States is awaiting a Title XVII loan established by the Energy Policy Act of 2005 from the US Department of Energy; it may also hinge on the success of Sen. Jon Ossoff’s (D-GA) Solar Power Manufacture for America Act. Such adoption would make expansion into the United States a more attractive prospect for Maxeon, likely attracting other industry players as well, according to Babcock.

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