More Utilities Are Offering Services That Allow Customers to Self-Consume Their Solar Power

By [email protected] If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.

That’s the thinking behind the push by several European electric utilities to offer PV systems combining rooftop panels, energy management technology and battery storage, thus allowing consumers to maximize consumption of the electricity they produce.

In June, France’s EDF became the latest to jump onto the self-consumption bandwagon, joining German utilities E.ON and RWE, as well as Swedish utility Vattenfall. The trend shows just how difficult life has become for traditional generators as the cost of rooftop solar power reaches parity with grid electricity — they’re all trying to figure out how to offer new

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