Con Edison Introduces Smart ConnectDER Adapter
Built by Con Edison’s partner in the project, ConnectDER, Smart ConnectDER allows the customer to avoid the cost of upgrading the circuit breaker panel. It also eliminates the need for excessive electrical boxes at the side of the house. Smart ConnectDER is an adapter that uses the electricity meter socket as an interconnection point for solar energy. It fits most electricity meters and works for solar panels up to 15 kW – meaning almost all residential solar projects. Additionally, in homes where the meter socket is in an exterior wall, the installer does not need to enter the house to connect solar power to house wiring.
“Providing ConnectDER technology is another step we take to make it easier for customers to opt for renewable energy,” says Alexandra Bykov, project manager at Con Edison. “Con Edison and our customers are pioneering the transition to a clean energy future by keeping our region safe and sustainable.”
Con Edison provided 300 Smart ConnectDERs to its customers during a successful pilot program in 2019. The company then sought and obtained permission from the New York State Public Service Commission to make ConnectDER technology available to new residential solar energy customers in New York City and Westchester County.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) has chosen its funding program as part of the Future Grid Challenge, which encourages companies to find ways to get cleaner energy from the grid. NYSERDA will pay for 2,400 units with Con Edison, who pays the installation costs for these devices. Con Edison will continue the program even after customers and contractors have installed this 2,400 devices.