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US PV installer Sunworks plumps for Sharp’s SmartStorage system

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US solar installer Sunworks has selected Sharp’s SmartStorage system as it expands its offering.

The company said storage was a chance to expand its offering.

"We are seeing the market move toward energy storage," said Jim Nelson, CEO of Sunworks. "This is an opportunity to grow our business and provide our customers with a reliable, high performing, and high quality storage solution that can deliver savings. We plan to deploy the SmartStorage system to all of our commercial projects where the economics make sense," said Nelson.

The Sharp system will be the primary but not exclusive storage product used by Sunworks.

Sunworks, which operates in California and Nevada, will assess all of its solar commercial building projects for suitability with storage. It said areas with peak demand charges of US$18/kW would be of particular focus.

The SmartStorage system includes predictive learning that reduces consumption of grid electricity when prices are highest.

Crucially, Sharp will also make its zero-down financing available to Sunworks. The Japanese manufacturer offers a 10-year guarantee on its energy storage systems.

Sunworks recently posted a dramatic drop in its installed capacity during Q3 2016 as a number of projects were pushed to Q4 and into 2017.

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