Mercedes-Benz Energy has joined forces with Vivint Solar, a company based in the US. The result of the partnership is a product that combines the 2.5 kilowatt-hour energy storage batteries made by the German company with Vivint’s solar panels.

The system works the same as Tesla’s solar panels that are combined with the Powerwall. The energy generated by the solar panels can be stored in the batteries, which can then be used to power your home at night when the sun is down. Additionally, you can also use the power to charge your electric or plug-in hybrid car with renewable energy.

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A 2.5 kWh battery system paired with a solar energy system will cost around $5,000. If you opt for a 20 kWh system, which features multiple batteries, you’ll have to dish out $13,000. The prices mentioned include the batteries, inverter, all the technical components that are required, professional installation, system design as well as consultation with Vivint Solar.

This basically means that there shouldn’t be any hidden costs, which is always a good thing. However, some installations may set you back more or maybe even less in certain cases depending on your needs and requests.

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The combined product from Mercedes-Benz Energy and Vivint Solar will hit the market in the second quarter of the year, so by the end of next month at the latest. Unfortunately, it will only be available in California.

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