The Munich-based renewable energy company stated the announcement comes in response to a growing interest in intelligent energy management and touts the distribution partnership as the first in the solar industry.
BayWa r.e. will be supplying the Nest Learning Thermostat and the Nest Thermostat E, a thermostat available through professional installers.
The distribution set-up comes in as solar installers are expanding their services to fill the role of energy advisers in the residential market.
“The future of energy is clean, personalised and connected. Smart home technology enables this future by empowering customers to understand and act on their energy management, which is key to a cleaner and more reliable US power grid,” stated David Dunlap, VP of product strategy at BayWa r.e. Solar Systems LLC.
“Our partnership with Google Nest allows BayWa r.e. to take an active role in simplifying energy management at scale by providing new tools to solar installers – the direct point of contact for customers who want to prioritise efficient energy usage for lower energy bills and help with the goal of reducing grid emissions.”
According to BayWa r.e., smart thermostats are an essential commodity for energy efficiency and demand response initiatives, designed to allow homeowners to reduce or shift their energy usage during peak periods.
With usage insights and a personalised solution for the smart home, products like those from Google Nest are hoped to become strong drivers of residential energy efficiency in line with US climate goals.
And by expanding the distribution of smart home tools through the solar and storage channels, BayWa r.e. and Google Nest aim to help build out energy systems that are flexible and reliable, a critical step to modernising the US power grid and boosting the adoption of renewable energy resources.