SolarEdge Aids Power Sustainable Housing In Houston
Energy provider that is flexible PearlX Infrastructure LLC announced a partnership with Rice University's architectural department to finish the construction of a sustainable , accessory dwelling unit. The building, which is located by the renowned Houston affordable housing nonprofit Avenue CDC, is modelled on the traditional Texan "Dogtrot". It will get its power from solar panels on rooftops that were provided to it by Freedom Solar, and a adjacent SolarEdge Energy Hub inverter and Energy Bank battery donated by PearlX.
The unique 640 square foot home is split in two by an "breezeway" which houses bathrooms and bedrooms as well as the kitchen and living space. The unit can only allow just one of the wings to be activated at a given time, and it will significantly reduce carbon footprint, energy usage as well as provide the building with energy resilience courtesy of SolarEdge's high-quality technology.
PearlX is a company that has joined to expand its vision of bringing the benefits of renewable energy for all residents in the multifamily sector The company will manage assets for the project using its own management softwarecalled "PearlX Flex" which will also integrate the installation with an online power plant that is currently in development in the multifamily community 2410 Waugh in Montrose, Houston. This will enable the physically separate installations to function as one synchronized solar battery plant, and will be able to deliver surplus power generated but not used by residents back to the grid.
In a statement about the collaboration, Andrew Colopy, Associate Professor at Rice Architecture stated "the Auxiliary ADU was designed specifically to make use of minimal energy however, only with the assistance from the PearlX team was we able to include storage and generation on site in order to reach the goal of constructing our first project with net-positive energy."
The data on energy performance will be accessible to the class of Professor Dan Cohan "Energy and Environment" to help students learn from the operation of smart and distributed-generation projects.