Generator company Kohler Power is expanding into clean energy with a new line of energy storage systems, joining its generator competitor Generac in marketing to the residential solar customer.
“For over 100 years Kohler has provided distributed energy solutions that power the world’s homes and businesses,” says Brian Melka, Kohler Power Group President. “We are leveraging that history of trusted expertise to improve the power resiliency of homes and small businesses through this exciting product launch. Clean energy plays a crucial role in the future of sustainable living and the continued expansion of Kohler Power for the next 100 years.”
The Kohler Power Reserve energy storage system can be AC- or DC-coupled. Homeowners can access and manage their stored power through the Kohler app that allows users to choose the operation mode for their system (back-up, self-supply, time-of-use or custom) to personalize their battery’s storage and output.
“The new Kohler Power Reserve product line allows us to support customers who have invested in solar energy for their homes by offering them a smart storage solution to efficiently optimize their home’s power usage,” says Kyle Brandemuhl, Kohler Power General Manager of Residential and Power Products. “With this modular system, homeowners can more easily access their stored solar energy for use at night, on cloudy days, or as a backup system for when the grid goes down.”
For non-solar powered homes, the Kohler Power Reserve energy storage system offers a way to store energy from the grid during times of lower rates and then rely on the batteries for power during peak rate periods while providing the home with backup power in case of a power outage.
Kohler’s 10-kWh, 15-kWh and 20-kWh units all provide 7.6 kW of continuous power. The main 10-kWh system can be paired with a 5-kWh expansion. The Kohler Power Reserve system uses lithium-iron phosphate (LFP) battery chemistry.