A novel and simple technique is allowing utility consumers in Ohio and Nebraska easy connectivity between their solar arrays and other varieties of renewable power systems to the grid. The technique, called ConnectDER, significantly reduces the amount of work generally required to establish the connectivity and mitigates the need for entering a home.
The system allows consumers to inject the solar on the consumer side of the meter before getting into the home. This brings about US$1,000 to US$2,000 worth savings in the entire system as this procedure cuts down the need for electricians who were conventionally required to go through foundations to get to the service panel if the consumer does not intent on rearranging the panel.
The system, also being called as plug and play solar system, is plugged into the socket of the meter, which is typically located on the outside of the house, and the meter is then plugged into the ConnectDER. This means that the inverter of the solar panel directly connects with the meter, cutting down the need for going through the overall household service panel.
The Omaha Public Power District in Nebraska has approved the device this summer and is under evaluation by the Lincoln Electric System. Apart from several end-users in Ohio, including in Yellow Springs, Tipp City, and Westerville, nearly a dozen other utilities in California, Hawaii, and Vermont are permitting the new technology. It is estimated that the new technology can help the solar industry gain momentum.