Maxeon Solar embraces Samsung smart home ecosystem

Maxeon Solar Technologies announced a collaboration with Samsung to integrate its SunPower One ecosystem of clean energy products and services within Samsung's SmartThings, an open smart home platform that allows homeowners to oversee, regulate and automate their networked devices in and around their homes.

Both parties have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) and drawn up the initial plan for the integration. Data about clean energy production and system status of relevant Maxeon residential energy products, including Maxeon and Performance series solar modules and the SunPower Reserve battery storage solution, will be channeled into the SmartThings Energy dashboard in the SmartThings app. This integration furnishes homeowners with an enriched visualization of their energy consumption alongside superior control options.

Maxeon Residential Solar Power System
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For example, homeowners can utilize excess solar generated by Maxeon's solar modules and system to trigger a particular configuration on the platform, which will pre-heat specific rooms in the home through a Samsung heat pump, promoting self-consumption of renewable energy and saving electricity.

In regards to the collaboration, Chanwoo Park, Executive Vice President and Head of Service Biz Group of the Digital Appliances Business at Samsung Electronics, commented: "The goal of SmartThings Energy has always been to make it easier for consumers to take advantage of energy-saving opportunities with their smart appliances, and this partnership takes that commitment a step further—improving the overall home energy environment."

"We are excited to collaborate with key partners like Maxeon to unlock innovation that promotes cost savings and contributes to a lower carbon footprint for energy-conscious homeowners," added Park.

The companies are also casting an exploratory eye toward future integration opportunities, including electric vehicle chargers, jointly offered grid services like virtual power plant programs, as well as cross-sales and lead-generation of their hot products.

An increasing number of collaborations similar to this one are making headlines in the solar industry. It exemplifies an effective strategy for solar companies seeking to expand their share in the residential solar market, particularly in light of the burgeoning trend of the smart home revolution. Embracing the smart home ecosystem helps these companies enhance the allure of their products and services.

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