The next wave of cutting-edge technology is home battery storage.

Battery Storage

Battery Storage


The next wave of cutting-edge technology is home battery storage.

A home battery storage system stores energy in two ways. If your home has an alternative energy source like solar panels, the energy generated can be captured and stored in the home battery storage system to use later. Alternatively, the home battery storage system can charge directly from the grid, such as during off-peak hours when our Time-of-Day (TOD) rates are lower. The battery can provide energy during peak hours when rates are higher to offset your electricity costs. The battery can also be used as a backup power source in the event of an outage.

Please note that battery storage alone is not eligible for the TOD rate but your home can take advantage of the TOD rate if a thermal storage heating system is already installed in the home.

MPOWER Energy Solutions is working with us to supply and install Tesla Powerwalls.

Here is how MPOWER battery storage works in your home:

Backup


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Assures power in the event of a grid outage. This scenario applies to the majority of homes in Nova Scotia today.

Solar


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Charge the MPOWER Solution with excess energy from solar panels during the day for use at night.

Time-of-use Day


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Load shifting - Powerwall charges during low rate periods when demand for electricity is lower and discharges during more expensive rate periods when electricity demand is higher. Note: battery storage alone is not eligible for the time-of-use rate but your home can take advantage of the time-of-use rate if a thermal storage heating system is already installed in the home.

Time-of-use Night


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Load shifting - Powerwall charges during low rate periods when demand for electricity is lower and discharges during more expensive rate periods when electricity demand is higher. Note: battery storage alone is not eligible for the time-of-use rate but your home can take advantage of the time-of-use rate if a thermal storage heating system is already installed in the home.

Types of home battery storage available in Nova Scotia


Tesla Powerwall 2.0

MPOWER Energy Solutions is the authorized re-seller of the Tesla Powerwall 2.0 in Canada. To learn more or to purchase a Powerwall for your own home, sign up through MPower.

Tabuchi Electric Eco Intelligent Battery System

A world leader in solar Inverter technology, Tabuchi Electric has partnered with Panasonic and Rexel Atlantic to bring Canadian consumers an intelligent battery system, composed of a state-of-the-art hybrid solar inverter and lithium-ion battery unit. This solar PV to battery storage solution is represented in Atlantic Canada by Rexel. Learn more about this product from Panasonic.

 

Testing battery storage in Elmsdale

The Intelligent Feeder Project involves residential energy storage batteries (Tesla Powerwalls) installed at 10 homes in the Elmsdale community and a much larger grid-sized battery (Tesla Powerpack) at the Elmsdale substation. These batteries are connected to an electrical line powered, in part, by the nearby Hardwood Lands wind turbines. Sensors on the powerline monitor and gather data about local system activity and are fed back to our control centre for analysis and planning of Nova Scotia’s future energy needs.

FAQS:


How to read my new smart meter?

Our smart meter network won’t be turned on until early 2021 which means we must still manually read the meters for billing purposes. While this is done approximately every 60 days by Nova Scotia Power, our customers often want to read the meter for themselves. Here’s how:

  • All smart meters cycle through several screens before they get to the screen displaying the KWh reading. These initial screens are normal.
  • For a typical residential customer, the screen that shows the KWh usage will appear with a code d1 to the left. This screen will also display the KWh unit below the reading.

Need help? Our Customer Care centre will be happy to walk you through the process. You can call them at 1-800-428-6230.

Are you recycling old meters?

Meters that are deemed to have no further operating value will be recycled with nearly 100% of the meter’s components – aluminum, copper, stainless steel – being repurposed. Only trace amounts of the meter and some plastics are processed at a landfill. We have partnered with Bay, Metal Inc. to manage the disposal and recycling of old meters. 


Didn’t other communities install smart meters that caused fires?

We recognize that some jurisdictions encountered challenges when smart meters were initially deployed. Smart meter technology has matured rapidly, and the latest generation do not have the same issues that were encountered in the past. Today in Canada, smart meters are safely used in 70% of all households and businesses and Nova Scotia Power has benefited from the experience of others and applied the lessons learned. Our meters meet or exceed industry regulations and standards that are in place to ensure the health and safety of both our employees and customers. Our supplier has installed over 50 million smart meters across North America — none of which have caused a fire. We’re confident our smart meters are safe.

What are radio frequency emissions and do smart meters have them?

 Electromagnetic fields (EMFs), radio waves, microwaves and wireless signals are collectively referred to as radio frequency (RF) energy. All devices that use wireless communication produce radio frequencies, including common household items such as baby monitors, Wi-Fi routers, microwaves, and cellular phones. Health Canada’s Safety Code 6 sets the safe exposure limits for radio frequencies from wireless devices. The code reflects ongoing review of published scientific studies related to safe human exposure to radio frequencies. Both Health Canada and the World Health Organization have concluded that radio frequencies produced by smart meters do not pose a public health risk.

The Government of Canada has an excellent website that explains energy and safety, compliance and enforcement. 

Will my bill increase because of a smart meter?

No. There are a number of factors that affect your bill, including the amount of energy you use, but a smart meter will not increase your bill.   

If your bill seems higher than usual, please contact our Customer Care Centre and they will be happy to assist. 

How can I tell the difference between a smart meter and the meter used before the upgrading process began?

The words OpenWay Riva will be noted on all smart meters used by Nova Scotia Power.

Photo comparisons are available by downloading this document.

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