Sunnova submits application to develop first-of-its-kind solar ‘micro-utility’ in California

HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sunnova Energy International Inc. (“Sunnova”) (NYSE:NOVA), a leading U.S. energy-as-a-service (EaaS) provider, announced that it has petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) to develop a first-of-its-kind solar and storage-focused “micro-utility” in California.

Sunnova formed a wholly owned subsidiary called Sunnova Community Microgrids California, LLC (“SCMC”) to own and operate EaaS offerings in new communities, including power generation, storage and distribution infrastructure. SCMC seeks to develop largely self-sufficient micro-services by equipping new housing communities with solar energy and storage to provide consumers with a better energy service that allows them to live in a more resilient home and community with state-of-the-art energy infrastructure. SCMC will focus on newly built homes, allowing the company to work with developers to design and implement distributed solar micro-grids for communities that will benefit from improved sustainability and clean, resilient and sustainable energy. reliable. These communities will be known as Sunnova Adaptive Communities™.

“Community microgrids are the future because they offer the unique ability to share excess electricity, putting power in the hands of owners and dramatically improving community resilience,” said William J. (John) Berger, founder and CEO of Sunnova. . “Sunnova is breaking new ground by extending its distributed energy service platform from homes to entire communities. We see a future where communities, neighborhoods and businesses can operate independently of the existing grid with sustainable energy sources that provide uninterrupted power. »

“We believe microgrids address a strong market need for more robust energy solutions and better connectivity,” Berger added. “The Sunnova Adaptive Community™ will provide consumers with the ability to generate, share and deliver electricity when they need it most. SCMC’s application highlights the relief that the existing transmission and distribution system will experience given that the majority of the electricity that will be consumed by these communities will be generated locally from renewable resources. We hope the CPUC will act quickly to approve our application so that we can begin serving new communities. »

August 16ePresident Biden signed the Cut Inflation Act, which incentivizes renewable energy and clean technology needed to monitor and control micro-grids where communities share electricity and can isolate themselves from the grid.

Today, SCMC took formal action with the CPUC to qualify as a “micro-utility” and apply for a certificate to build and operate micro-grids under California Public Utilities Sections 2780 and 1001, respectively. Coded. Sunnova views micro-utilities as a pathway for qualified companies to offer to build multi-property micro-grids for residential and commercial customers in California. By applying to the CPUC, SCMC seeks to be the first solar and storage-focused “micro-utility” company in California to be certified to own and operate nano-grids (behind the meter) and community assets, including distribution infrastructure (in front of the meter), as part of integrated micro-grid communities. SCMC’s community assets will include comprehensive distribution infrastructure and energy assets including solar, battery storage and emergency generation.

Forward-looking statements

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About Sunnova

Sunnova Energy International Inc. (NYSE: NOVA) is a leading energy-as-a-service (EaaS) provider with customers across the United States and its territories. Sunnova’s goal is to be the source of clean, affordable and reliable energy with a simple mission: to provide energy independence so homeowners have the freedom to live an uninterrupted life®. For more information, visit sunnova.com.

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