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Anna Louise Komorny

Mrs. Komorny

Anna Louise Komorny, age 98, of Brandon, Florida, passed away on Friday, July 5, 2019, at her daughter’s home with her loving family by her side. She was formerly of Johnstown, Waterloo, Perth, Gloversville, and Wilton Commons Senior Apartments in Gansevoort.

She was born on September 23, 1920, in Tacoma, Washington, a daughter of the late Andrew Jacobsen and Olive Larsen Jacobsen.

Anna was a factory worker during World War II. After she relocated to Fulton County, she was a homemaker and employed at Jules Garfalls in Johnstown. Mrs. Komorny was of the Catholic faith, a believer of Jesus Christ as her Savior and a communicant of the former St. Anthony’s Church. She was active in Johnstown Senior Citizens, and Bowling League. She enjoyed sewing, gardening and crocheting.

She is survived by one son Paul E. Komorny of Middle Grove; three daughters, Mary Alice Wells of Brandon, Florida, Louise Irene Albanese of Johnstown and Carolyn Ann Finkle of Scotia; twelve grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one great-great-granddaughter; and several nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Edward P. Komorny; two siblings; daughter-in-law, Patricia Komorny; and son-in-law, Gregory Albanese.

Visitation for family and friends will be on Friday, July 12, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the A.G. Cole Funeral Home Inc., 215 E. Main Street, Johnstown.

A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 13, 2019, at Holy Trinity Church, Glebe Street, Johnstown, New York, with the Rev. Matthew Wetsel as celebrant.

Interment will be in St. Anthony’s Cemetery, Johnstown immediately following the Mass.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Disabled American Veterans Memorial Program, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.

Condolences to the family may be made online by visiting our website at www.agcolefuneralhome.com.

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Living Their Dream, One Cookie At A Time

TAMPA, Fla. — It takes patience to bake cookies from scratch.

Brandon Lucante and Cassie Aran have brought their cookie franchise to Tampa Cookie Munchers is located at 11842 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. near USF

Luckily, Brandon Lucante and Cassie Aran have plenty of patience.

“We’ve fallen on our face so many times! Entrepreneurship is like you run, you fall, you get back up,” said Aran.

It’s what drives their business, Cookie Munchers— a late night spot that satisfies the sweet tooth.

“There was just an idea that sparked up one day,” said Lucante.

They were college students at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.

“And the next morning, we woke up and were like, ‘Oh yeah, what’s that cookie thing we were thinking about?’ And we kind of just developed it further from there,” said Lucante.

What comes out is a giant cookie, but it’s what went into them that makes the final product all the more satisfying.

“Once our apartment was up, we were like well we can either use the little bit of money that we have to get an apartment again or we can start a business with it and live in our car for a little while until it’s on its feet,” said Aran.

Fresh out of college, and homeless.

They called hundreds of restaurants in Glassboro until one finally agreed to let them use the kitchen during their off hours.

“I remember one of the first customers was like, ‘Yeah, I don’t know where this is or how this happened or where this cookies come from but it seems like magic and I love it!” said Lucante.

And now, the cookie magic is here in Tampa.

The cookies are huge.

And Lucante and Aran say that’s not an accident.

Because each cookie reminds them how important it is to dream big, and they hope it reminds others too.

“You work your butt off and you achieve it, great! Good for you! You come to cookie munchers and you get a big cookie because you dreamt big and you deserve it,” said Lucante.

Cookie Munchers is open Sunday through Tuesday from 1 pm until 1:30 am, and Wednesday through Saturday from 1 pm until 3:30 am.

Delivery is open during all operating hours.

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Elton John, Heart & More Playing Soon Near Brandon

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BRANDON, FL — New and exciting events are coming to the Brandon area all the time. Whether you’re looking to attend a concert or sporting event, theater performance or magic show, Patch’s partnership with TicketNetwork has you covered. Here’s your weekly roundup of the top big-name shows coming up near you.

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CONCERTS | POP / ROCK

When: Monday, Nov 4, 2019 | 8:00 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $705 and up

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When: Saturday, Aug 17, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FLPrice: $21 and up

SPORTS | BASEBALL

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When: Friday, Jul 19, 2019 | 7:10 pmWhere: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FLPrice: $13 and up

CONCERTS | POP / ROCK

When: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 | 8:00 pmWhere: Mahaffey Theater At The Progress Energy Center, St. Petersburg, FLPrice: $74 and up

THEATER | MUSICAL / PLAY

Aladdin
When: Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Carol Morsani Hall – The Straz Center, Tampa, FLPrice: $149 and up

SPORTS | WRESTLING

When: Monday, Jul 22, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $38 and up

CONCERTS | COUNTRY / FOLK

When: Friday, Aug 30, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FLPrice: $67 and up

THEATER | CHILDREN / FAMILY

When: Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 | 10:00 amWhere: Carol Morsani Hall – The Straz Center, Tampa, FLPrice: $76 and up

SPORTS | SOCCER

When: Tuesday, Sep 10, 2019 | 8:00 pmWhere: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLPrice: $55 and up

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When: Friday, Jul 26, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FLPrice: $47 and up

THEATER | MUSICAL / PLAY

When: Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Carol Morsani Hall – The Straz Center, Tampa, FLPrice: $113 and up

SPORTS | RACING

When: Saturday, Aug 24, 2019 | 1:00 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $31 and up

CONCERTS | COUNTRY / FOLK

When: Friday, Aug 2, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FLPrice: $63 and up

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Trump kicks off 2020 campaign at Orlando rally

President Donald Trump waves as he departs after speaking in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, June 14, 2019, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Jabbing at the press and poking the eye of the political establishment he ran against in 2016, President Donald Trump officially kicked off his reelection campaign Tuesday with a grievance-filled Florida rally that focused more on settling scores than laying out his agenda for a second term.

Addressing a crowd of thousands at the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida, Trump complained he had been “under assault from the very first day” of his presidency by a “fake news media” and “illegal witch hunt” that had tried to keep him and his supporters down.

And he painted a disturbing picture of what life would look like if he loses in 2020, accusing his critics of “un-American conduct” and telling the crowd that Democrats “want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it.”

The apocalyptic language and finger-pointing made clear that Trump’s 2020 campaign will probably look a whole lot like his improbably successful run three years ago. While Trump’s campaign has tried to professionalize, with shiny office space and a large and growing staff, and despite two-and-a-half years occupying the Oval Office as America’s commander-in-chief, Trump nonetheless remained focused on energizing his base and offering himself as a political outsider running against Washington.

And he appeared eager for a rerun of 2016, spending considerable time focused on former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, whose name elicited “Lock her up!” chants, even though she is not on the ballot.

“I have news for Democrats who want to return us to the bitter failures and betrayals of the past. We are not going back. We are going on to victory,” Trump said.

Trump spoke fondly of his 2016 run, calling it “a defining moment in American history.” And he said he had fundamentally upended Washington, staring down “a corrupt and broken political establishment” and restoring a government “of, for and by the people.”

Of course, Trump never really stopped running. He officially filed for re-election on January 20, 2017, the day of his inauguration, and held his first 2020 rally in February, 2017, in nearby Melbourne, Florida. He has continued holding his signature “Make America Great Again” rallies in the months since.

Trump is hoping to replicate the dynamics that allowed him to capture the Republican Party and then the presidency in 2016 as an insurgent intent on disrupting the status quo.

But any president is inherently an insider. Trump has worked in the White House for two-and-a-half years, travels the skies in Air Force One and changes the course of history with the stroke of a pen or the post of a tweet.

That populist clarion was a central theme of his maiden political adventure, as the businessman-turned-candidate successfully appealed to disaffected voters who felt left behind by economic dislocation and demographic shifts. And he has no intention of abandoning it, even if he is the face of the institutions he looks to disrupt.

He underscored that on the eve of the rally in the must-win swing state of Florida, returning to the hard-line immigration themes of his first campaign by tweeting that, next week, Immigration and Customs Enforcement “will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.” That promise, which came with no details and sparked Democratic condemnation, seemed to offer a peek into a campaign that will largely be fought along the same lines as his first bid, with very few new policy proposals for a second term.

Early Democratic front-runner Joe Biden said Tuesday that Trump’s politics are “all about dividing us” in ways that are “dangerous — truly, truly dangerous.”

But those involved in the president’s reelection effort believe that his brash version of populism, combined with his mantra to “Drain the Swamp,” still resonates, despite his administration’s cozy ties with lobbyists and corporations and the Trump family’s apparent efforts to profit off the presidency.

Advisers believe that, in an age of extreme polarization, many Trump backers view their support for the president as part of their identity, one not easily shaken. They point to his seemingly unmovable support with his base supporters as evidence that, despite more than two years in office, he is still viewed the same way he was as a candidate: the bomb-throwing political rebel.

Trump and those who spoke before him Tuesday night also tried to make the case that Trump had made good on his 2016 promises, including cracking down on illegal immigration and boosting jobs.

“He said he’d make America great again and that’s exactly what we’ve done,” Vice President Mike Pence said in his introduction.

On Monday, a boisterous crowd of thousands of Trump supporters, many of them in red hats, began gathering outside the Amway Center, where the campaign had organized a festival with live music and food trucks.

They spent Tuesday braving downpours and listening to a cover band playing Southern rock standards such as Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama” at an outdoor “45 Fest” the campaign organized to energize the crowd. Vendors sold water, as well as pins, hats and T-shirts with slogans including “Trump 2020” and “ICE ICE Baby,” a reference to the law enforcement agency tasked with enforcing immigration laws. In the high-80s heat, some women wore “Make American Great Again” bathing suits.

“Trump has been the best president we’ve ever had,” said Ron Freitas, a retired Merchant Marine and registered Democrat from the Orlando area who sat in a lawn chair. Freitas said he was sure Trump would prevail over whomever his Democratic opponent was.

Close by, hundreds of anti-Trump protesters clapped and took photos when a 20-foot (6-meter) blimp of a snarling Trump baby in a diaper was inflated. The blimp looks like the one that flew in London during Trump’s recent state visit but is not the same one.

“The goal is to get under his skin,” said Mark Offerman, the blimp’s handler.

Florida is considered a near-must-win state for Trump to hold onto the White House, and both parties have been mobilizing for a fierce and expensive battle in a state that Trump has visited as president more often than any other.

While Trump bested Clinton there in 2016, a Quinnipiac University poll released Tuesday found Biden leading Trump 50%-41%, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders besting him 48%-42%.

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Brandon, FL Real Estate: Newly Listed Homes for Sale

We could not find any nearby foreclosures, but here are a few nearby homes for sale:

The houses for sale in and around Brandon are just a small portion of more than 4 million homes sold in Florida. and across the United States every year. We’re not just talking listed homes for sale, either. We’re talking about homes for sale — that sell.

Looking for a home to buy? Or do you just like looking at what homes are on the market? Either way, here are the latest homes for sale in and around Brandon listed by our partners at realtor.com.

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Child run over after falling out of car, deputies say

BRANDON, FL – A 6-year-old was killed Friday after falling out of a moving car and being run over by a tire, authorities say.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies, a driver was pulling out of a Starbucks parking lot when a 6-year-old child in the back seat managed to open the back door.

The child fell out of the car as the driver attempted to turn right at a low speed. The child was run over by the rear passenger side tire, officials said.

According to a news release, the driver, who told detectives he did not realize the child had been run over by the vehicle, got out to check on the child, who was alert and did not appear to have any wounds at the time. He placed the child back in the vehicle and continued down the roadway. When he realized the child had lost consciousness, he called 911 and pulled over.

When emergency medical services arrived, the child was unresponsive. The child was taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead, deputies said.

The news release added that no impairment or foul play is suspect in this death. No charges have been filed against the driver at this time.

No other details related to the child or the driver’s identity have been provided at this time due to Marsy’s Law.

Follow News 6 for updates and details on this ongoing investigation.

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Elton John, Shawn Mendes & More Coming To Brandon Area

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BRANDON, FL — Ever wanted to see Elton John or Shawn Mendes live in action? How about Florida Georgia Line, Dan and Shay & Morgan Wallen or Hugh Jackman? These are just a few of the big-ticket events headed for venues in the Brandon area in the near future. See our weekly roundup of listings below for all the exciting details, dates and ticket prices.

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SPORTS | MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

When: Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: Florida State Fairgrounds Expo Hall, Tampa, FLPrice: $270 and up

CONCERTS | POP / ROCK

When: Monday, Nov 4, 2019 | 8:00 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $521 and up

CONCERTS | POP / ROCK

When: Saturday, Jul 27, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $40 and up

SPORTS | WRESTLING

When: Monday, Jul 22, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $45 and up

CONCERTS | COUNTRY / FOLK

When: Friday, Aug 30, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FLPrice: $64 and up

THEATER

When: Friday, Jul 5, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: Amalie Arena, Tampa, FLPrice: $56 and up

SPORTS | BASEBALL

When: Friday, Jun 28, 2019 | 7:10 pmWhere: Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, FLPrice: $15 and up

CONCERTS | COUNTRY / FOLK

When: Friday, Aug 2, 2019 | 7:00 pmWhere: MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre At The Florida State Fairgrounds, Tampa, FLPrice: $59 and up

THEATER | CHILDREN / FAMILY

When: Saturday, Jul 6, 2019 | 10:00 amWhere: Jenkins Arena – RP Funding Center, Lakeland, FLPrice: $25 and up

SPORTS | FOOTBALL

When: Friday, Aug 16, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, FLPrice: $38 and up

CONCERTS | POP / ROCK

When: Friday, Nov 15, 2019 | 8:00 pmWhere: Mahaffey Theater At The Progress Energy Center, St. Petersburg, FLPrice: $74 and up

THEATER | MUSICAL / PLAY

When: Thursday, Dec 19, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Carol Morsani Hall – The Straz Center, Tampa, FLPrice: $122 and up

SPORTS | SOCCER

When: Saturday, Jun 29, 2019 | 7:30 pmWhere: Al Lang Stadium, St. Petersburg, FLPrice: $16 and up

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After car crash, Flagler senior Brandon Schwartz gets diploma in hospital graduation

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There was no band playing “Pomp and Circumstance.” The valedictorian didn’t speak. The graduate didn’t walk into the Ocean Center to cheering crowds.

But as 18-year-old Brandon Schwartz sat in a wheelchair Friday at Halifax Health Medical Center, wearing a cap and gown and holding his belated diploma, he said the same thing all high school graduates say:

“I did it!”

Later, he amended his statement.

“I barely did it. Barely.”

Schwartz wasn’t able to walk at his graduation ceremony at Flagler Palm Coast High School on May 30 because three weeks earlier he was in a major car crash. By the time of graduation, he was still on a ventilator, recovering from substantial injuries.

Schwartz was delivering pizzas for Hungry Howie’s around 7 p.m. on May 11 when, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol, he failed to stop at a stop sign and another driver T-boned his car in the intersection of County Road 302 and County Road 305.

The other driver was not injured, but Schwartz was airlifted to Halifax Health and taken into surgery for his injuries. His spleen was removed. Doctors had to repair his pancreas, liver, abdominal wall and ventricular vein. Fluid was drained from his heart. His ribs were broken in 10 places.

His mom, Patricia, said she had to wait for three hours without any information. She didn’t know if her son arrived at the hospital alive or dead. It was the night before Mother’s Day.

Now, almost a month later, he’s expected to make a full recovery. He’s learning to walk again. And he got his diploma, if a few days later than the rest of his class.

“It’s a miracle,” his dad Marc Schwartz said, thanking the hospital staff, first responders and God. “Brandon owes his life to these people and that’s a debt we can never repay. We’re so grateful.”

Brandon Schwartz lives in Ormond Beach, but attended FPC to play on the lacrosse team. Just days before the accident, he attended prom with his girlfriend, Kayla Tennant, wearing a tuxedo to match her blue dress. He planned to join the Air Force after graduation.

He doesn’t remember much about the accident, but his father said he’s going to remember his graduation ceremony.

FPC Principal Robert Wallace went to the hospital to present Schwartz with his diploma on the same day he announced plans to retire from his position at the end of this month.

“Well Brandon, we were very disappointed you couldn’t make the graduation ceremony,” Wallace said. To which Brandon replied, “Me too.”

People laughed, but it wasn’t much of a joke. By the time Brandon really woke up after his accident, graduation — the chance to say goodbye to the last four years of his life, be with his friends and celebrate the future — had passed.

“It sucks,” he said, and tears welled in his eyes. “I wanted to be there so bad.”

But in the inpatient rehabilitation center at Halifax Health in Daytona Beach, surrounded by friends, family and the medical staff helping him heal, he had a new perspective.

“I’m glad to be alive.”

He said he still plans to join the Air Force, but first he’ll go home from the hospital, to sleep and to recover.

He said he only had one thing to say about everything he’s been through: “Just drive safe.”

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Brandon Maxwell, Rick Owens take top CFDA fashion awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Designers Brandon Maxwell and Rick Owens have taken top honors at the annual Council of Fashion Designers of America awards.

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A slew of fashion luminaries and celebrities were on hand at the Brooklyn Museum Monday evening for the glittery ceremony, which is fashion’s answer to the Oscars. TV host and comedian Hasan Minhaj and actress Jessica Williams were among the top presenters, handing out the womenswear award to Maxwell and the menswear award to Owens.

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Maxwell was best known as a stylist for Lady Gaga until becoming a known designer in his own right. He recently oversaw the pop superstar’s Met Gala look that involved her shedding outfits on the red carpet to reveal multiple looks.

Perhaps the evening’s most high-profile honor, the Fashion Icon award, went to pop star Jennifer Lopez, honored for her style and her multifaceted career. And this year’s Board of Directors’ Tribute went, for the first time, to a doll: none other than Barbie was honored as "an icon and champion of female empowerment."

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Sonnen Brings Homebuilder Strategy to Illinois With Passive Home Project

Sonnen will outfit each house with a 20-kilowatt-hour ecoLinx battery system.

The U.S. regulatory landscape hasn’t allowed a direct replica of that business model, so sonnen’s local branch prioritized partnerships with homebuilders to put batteries in each unit of a neighborhood development.

The company first partnered with Mandalay Homes to outfit a 2,900-home development in Arizona. Then came Pearl Homes, which wants to put sonnen systems in a 148-home community in coastal Florida, followed by an even larger rental project.

Why sonnen picked Illinois

Illinois makes for an unexpected followup, because it has seen minimal residential storage activity to date. Its 108 megawatts of installed solar capacity puts the state 36th in the nation for that resource, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, although the group expects precipitous growth in the next five years.

On top of that, electric rates in utility ComEd’s territory, where Wildwood will be, do not encourage storage adoption.

"ComEd’s residential rates are cheap and they don’t have time-of-use rates," said energy storage analyst Brett Simon of Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. "However, as we well know, emotion has driven a fair amount of residential storage deployment in the U.S."

Time-of-use rates can encourage storage adoption because they charge more for peak power and less for midday power; that creates a price signal to store midday solar generation for use in the evening. ComEd does offer an unusual hourly pricing rate pegged to the wholesale markets; it’s unclear how that would impact home battery economics.

Even without those price signals, Weiss said he wants to design the homes so that they add value to the grid rather than stressing it. Simply dumping each house’s 6-kilowatt generation capacity onto the grid at noon could one day contribute to a "duck curve" effect, if Illinois follows through on plans for a massive renewables scale-up.

Instead, he wants his customers to be able to store their production with the ecoLinx batteries and use it when the system is more strained by demand.

"Being able to reduce peak power demand is really cool," Weiss said. "We want to do the right thing ecologically and from a sustainability standpoint."

Banking on future grid value and backup power

The combined energy storage capacity of the homes will surpass half a megawatt, which could be a nontrivial amount for local grid balancing during peak events. That said, sonnen did not announce any formal agreement with ComEd to put that capacity to work for grid services.

This mirrors the earlier sonnen homebuilder projects, where the company decided to move ahead with construction in the absence of a utility contract, banking on there being future value in the portfolio of dispatchable batteries. If the homebuilder can sign up customers looking for a self-sustaining lifestyle, then future utility revenue will just be an added bonus.

Clean backup power for the all-electric homes will also attract customers in Illinois, Weiss said. The Midwest climate will throw snowstorms, ice storms, high winds and hail at the houses, which lack a gas hookup to feed a generator. But the battery will be ready to step in.

The ecoLinx model is the top-shelf version of sonnen’s product suite, because it can interact with high-end home automation systems and respond automatically to incoming storms that might knock out power to the grid. Weiss said he liked that the product has the flexibility to let homeowners choose whichever home automation platform they prefer.

Sonnen’s higher price point presents a challenge in a market with cheaper options such as the Tesla Powerwall and the LG Chem Resu. That dynamic is visible in data from California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program, which subsidizes small-scale storage. Of the home batteries installed with that incentive last year, Tesla and LG Chem split the pool almost fifty-fifty, with sonnen picking up 1 percent, according to WoodMac’s Energy Storage Monitor.

Partnering with specialized homebuilders lets sonnen wrap the price of its systems into the overall home purchase. This symbiosis also enables homebuilders to pitch environmentally conscious customers on self-sufficient clean energy, which needn’t meet the standard of strictly economic return on investment.

Perhaps most importantly for sonnen, it means that winning over one counterparty can unlock hundreds or thousands of unit sales, a far more efficient approach than selling customer by customer.

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