Your grid energy is the power your home uses from the grid. As part of the bundle, the price you pay is fixed – so it is the same each month no matter how much energy you use. That tier price is then adjusted every 12 months to review your usage, and update your tier if needed.
Not through this pilot program. Because the bundle is about making whole-home energy transformation simple – it bundles together the home battery, a solar array and your grid energy all at one fixed monthly price. You can add an electric vehicle, too.
GMP has filed a separate plan to offer customers a way to get 2 Powerwalls for their homes – and regulators are reviewing that and will need to approve that before it is available.
Two batteries will provide backup power for your entire home, and this pilot program requires full back up to provide convenience for you and consistent data as we learn and develop new customer programs.
Not as part of this program – but you can certainly go solar - and Vermont is lucky to have so many great companies to help you. Renewable Energy Vermont is a great resource for what solar companies are available near you. Visit Renewable Energy Vermont or call: (802) 229-0099.
No! The EV is a great option, but it is just an option. If you are interested in talking about electric vehicles, Jenn Cortez can help. Her number is (802) 655-8446 or send her an email.
EV charging uses electricity – but how much more you’d use depends on how often you charge. On average, an EV could add about $30-$50 a month. That may - or may not - increase your usage into the next level for grid energy payments.
Rooftop solar array is a required component in this bundle. One of the participating solar companies can work with you to determine if rooftop solar makes sense for your home.
The GMP bundle offers you a guaranteed set monthly price for your solar power - rain or shine. So – it is based on the capacity of your solar array – not what it generates. It is $12.75/per DC kilowatt. This way, you avoid the ups and downs of solar generation (cloudy weather/low production) and get a predictable, guaranteed return on your green investment. Participating local solar companies will help you determine the best size system for your home.
Participation in this pilot does not automatically transfer to the new owner. So – the new owner can buy the solar system as part of the home purchase and could then enroll in the bundle or in net metering.
We also have an existing process to transfer the Powerwall payment to the new owner and that would stay the same.
A Sensibo is a smart device that connects your heat pump to your home Wi-Fi and helps you be in control and use energy smarter. By using your smart phone app, you can control your heat pump from wherever you are, adding convenience and comfort. You can even set your heat pump on a schedule, which could help you save money too.
By signing up and getting your free Sensibo, GMP will adjust your heat or air conditioning up or down a few degrees when demand for energy is highest and most expensive — in the middle of a hot summer day, for example. This will happen at most for 1-3 hours, 6-8 times a month. During these times, you will get an alert from GMP via your phone app.
As part of the program, you can always opt out. Changing the temperature by a few degrees helps reduce costs for everyone and helps the environment. That’s a win win!
Anyone who is a Green Mountain Power customer and has a heat pump can get a free Sensibo! You do need to have internet and reliable Wi-Fi where the Sensibo is installed, which is typically near the heat pump’s indoor head.
It’s free! To get your free Sensibo contact the Energy Services Team at (888) 835-4672 or learn more about the eControl Program.
In-Home L2 Car Charger
To receive a free charger you need to have purchased/leased an EV within the last month and you also need to:
• be a customer of GMP;
• own your home; and
• have reliable internet access.
Your car should take approximately 4-6 hours to charge, and will depend on the size of the battery in the car.
Installing the charger will save you time and money! Driving an electric vehicle can save you $1,200 or more on maintenance costs, and you will save on fuel costs as charging an EV is the equivalent of paying about $1 per gallon of gas.
Yes, as long as installation of the electrical outlet meets the required specifications.
The best time to charge your EV is later in the night or early morning, avoiding peak energy time. This will help keep costs down for everyone.
Whenever a car uses electricity, it foregoes gasoline. Less gasoline means lower costs and fewer emissions. Electricity at off-peak rates provides transportation for the equivalent of about $1 to $2 per gallon of gasoline.
Home Energy Storage
You need to:
• be a customer of GMP;
• own your home (existing homes and new builds qualify);
• have reliable internet access, to allow GMP and Tesla to communicate with the Powerwall;
• be current on your GMP account; and
• be on GMP's most basic residential energy rate - Rate 01 (more than 95% of GMP residential customers already are).
If you also choose to go solar at the time you join this program, there may be additional eligibility requirements for the solar product you choose.
If you choose the monthly payment, a $30 charge will show up on each monthly GMP statement. If you pay up-front, a $3,000 charge will appear on the next monthly statement.
No. As a participant in the program, you pay for your net energy usage. Any energy metered when you charge the battery will be subtracted from your total when it is discharged back to the grid.
Yes, during an outage Powerwall can recharge with solar energy from a new or existing solar system. This extends your backup power for protection during extended outages.
Your two Powerwalls will provide 16 to 24 hours of backup power for your whole home when there’s an outage. If you have a home solar system installed, the Powerwall will continue to charge during a grid outage so long as the sun is shining. In this case, if solar conditions are good, your home could have backup power for a longer period of time.
The pilot program requires customers who rely on life-saving or other critical equipment have a separate backup for that equipment because the pilot program involves sharing your stored energy during peak usage times which can deplete your battery, and because some outages can take longer to repair than the charge available in your battery. If you have an emergency or critical concerns, call 9-1-1.
Powerwalls can often be installed alongside generators with manual or automatic transfer switches. As part of your system design, Tesla can explore options with you. The Powerwalls will not charge from the generator, but the two systems can work together to keep your home powered in an outage.
When the utility power grid is online, GMP will control your Powerwall so you will not be able to customize how your EV is charged. However, during a utility power outage you can not only power your home but if there is surplus Powerwall energy, you can top off your EV.
At the end of 10 years, you owe no more money as part of the program. The Powerwall will remain in your home and provide backup power for an additional 5 years or until the end of its useful life. You can also request for the removal of the Powerwall once the 10-year program ends. GMP will remove the Powerwall at no additional cost to you so that it can be recycled.
Only the owner of the home can participate in the program. If you rent your home, consider asking your landlord if they are willing to participate in the program and install Powerwall. The owner of the home would need to pay program charges on their GMP energy statement.
The Powerwall is designed not to impact the regular operation of the solar system. Adding a Powerwall under this program will not change your existing Net Energy Metering (NEM) treatment.
If you are going to sell your home, GMP will work with you to transfer participation to the next homeowner. If the new owner does not wish to participate in the program, participation will need to be cancelled and there will be a $450 charge to remove Powerwall.
GMP will own Powerwall. This is necessary for GMP to deliver value to the grid and all customers. You can always purchase a Powerwall on your own, outside the GMP program.
As owner of Powerwall, GMP will be responsible. If you experience an issue with Powerwall, you should contact the Green Mountain Power Energy Services Team at 1-888-835-4672. If you choose to install solar with your Powerwall, the warranty and maintenance of the solar system will be managed separately from the battery, per the agreements associated with the solar purchase and install.
For best performance, Tesla installs Powerwalls indoors. The team will work with you to find the best location for your batteries.
GMP shared access means we partner with customers to leverage the value of the Tesla Powerwall 2 to return energy to the grid at peak times to provide cost savings to all our customers.