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Houston Apartments Get Solar, Batteries and Blackout Protection

  • PearlX brings solar and storage to multifamily buildings
  • Tenants get lower bills as well as emergency backup power

Apartment buildings are an awkward fit for solar power. But a complex in Houston’s Montrose neighborhood may show how to make it work -- and protect tenants from blackouts at the same time.

A Virginia startup, PearlX Infrastructure LLC, is working with SolarEdge Technologies Inc. to outfit the 14 apartments at 2410 Waugh Drive with rooftop solar panels, backed up by batteries. Participating tenants get a break on their electricity bills, saving 5 to 10%, according to PearlX. In addition, the panels and batteries together will act as a miniature “virtual power plant,” selling electricity back to the grid.