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Smart inverters are going to play an important role in the future of rooftop solar. They already are in Germany, and in the United States, a handful of utilities are already starting to deploy them. Enhanced capabilities include reactive power compensation, voltage and frequency ride-through, and real-time data connectivity.

Now the question is whether state-by-state regulations and industry standards can evolve quickly enough to let more utilities and inverter makers join in.

Consumers expect to pay a premium for running heating or cooling systems during peak energy-usage times on cold or hot days. Orison Energy is preparing to help break this cycle with a pair of home batteries — the Orison Tower and Orison Panel. Designed to be compact, lightweight, and plug-and-play, they charge when utility rates are low and provide power when the rates are high.

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Be interesting to see how they isolate from the grid and maintain backup power when the grid goes down. Also interested to know how many cycles (at what depth-of-discharge) the batteries are good for.