U.S. Builder Plans 200,000 Home Microgrids Using Zinc Batteries

Microgrid Knowledge: The number of home microgrid communities is picking up, spurred by natural disasters, increasing energy prices, and a desire to combat climate change.

Now comes a plan from Horton World Solutions (HWS)—a builder that focuses on sustainability—to construct 200,000 homes with microgrids in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, metropolitan area, and the Sun Belt region. The energy storage systems—based on an innovative zinc-ion battery design said to be safer than the traditional lithium-ion batteries—will participate in energy markets where applicable. The income will be shared with homeowners, said Terry Horton, CEO and founder of HWS. He and his brother also founded the Texas-based homebuilding company, D.R. Horton, which describes itself as the largest homebuilder in the U.S. by volume of homes built.

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