Renewable Power and Home Automation experts providing distributed solar/battery solutions can partner with Akida to increase their profitability as well as adding functionality to their solution for a competitive advantage and creating differentiation. Akida systems can be packaged with solar/battery and home automation systems to improve overall ROI and improved functionality.
Akida hardware is simple to install and integrate into solar/battery systems, providing real time monitoring and visibility into the value created by the renewable energy investment. The additional data provided by our systems allows tailoring of the solar/battery package to the energy consumption pattern and utility rate plan, to maximize ROI. With accurate data and continuous monitoring integrated into the solution, the contractor is able to demonstrate the value created by the solar solution and help their customers with any further needs to minimize costs. Furthermore Akida systems can be expanded to offer advanced functionality and incorporate demand monitoring and management services to further reduce the customer’s electricity costs.
Home Automation: We have designed our systems with an open architecture to allow easy integration into home automation. Data is available from our Energy Gateway Processor in standard data formats for integration into an umbrella user interface. Home Automation systems are primarily designed to provide convenience and adding energy consumption data into the system’s decision-making allows homeowners to benefit from savings and increase the ROI of the system.
Easy installation: Ease of installation was a core design element and this increases profitability. Our system components do not require any electrical re-wiring and most installation work can be performed by a qualified, low-voltage cabling-technician.
Real-time data: Real-time consumption data by load to help determine where to trim usage. It meets the old maxim: if you don’t measure it you cannot manage it. Our hardware gives detailed information on how much, where and when power usage is occurring so that pro-active actions can be taken. No other hardware systems provide actual consumption data at this price point – our patented technology has allowed us to develop cost-effective hardware to deliver this functionality.
Automated Control: A two-way communication network and hardware with controllable relays allows pro-active management to help homeowners reduce electricity costs.
Peak Demand & Variable Pricing: With automated control capability homeowners can minimize peak demand and variable pricing penalties. Our hardware can be operated by any timers and automated algorithms to help manage customer’s usage.
Solar Monitoring: Real time monitoring of renewable energy systems (such as solar panels) to measure the performance of the investment with easy to read graphics.
Profitability via Customization: Our system features offer the benefit that, experts can provide highly customized solutions to fit their customers’ needs. With basic programming capability they can develop customized user interfaces and automated sequences including integrating our hardware with other off-the-shelf units. They can offer their customers energy management expertise as an additional value proposition.
- Easy installation and integration into solar systems
- Increased value and functionality
- Optimize ROI by tailoring solar/battery system to the home’s unique energy pattern
Case Study 1
A homeowner who had made a substantial investment in a solar system was dissatisfied with the savings in electricity costs and asking if the system was performing to its specified level. The solar contractor had shown the homeowner how to access the solar generation data online from the inverter OEM monitoring, but the homeowner had difficulty understanding the problem and was still very concerned.
The solar contractor suggested that the homeowner have the eLOK Monitoring and Efficiency system installed to provide the data to analyze the problem and recommend a solution. The granular, real-time data presented in easy-to-understand graphics via an online dashboard was acceptable to the homeowner.
The system was installed in a couple of hours and the data quickly highlighted the problem.
The solar system was in fact over-performing and the problem was in a mismatch between when power was being generated and when the house was consuming maximum power. The return on the solar investment was not maximized because a lot of power was being backfed into the grid at a discount rate and the house was using a lot of power during high-price peak periods when solar was generating very little power. The homeowner quickly understood the charts and therefore the problem and asked the solar contractor to recommend a solution.
The solar contractor recommended a battery to store some of the excess solar power so that it could be used during peak periods to minimize demand charge penalties and therefore maximize savings. The battery would be modulated by the eLOK Battery Demand Control which is compatible with many battery systems. The data after these upgrades showed that the battery modulation allowed the battery to provide power through the whole peak period and the resulting bills were significantly lower.
A concerned customer was turned into a happy and satisfied customer.
The homeowner quickly saw the problem and it wasn’t the solar system.
The solar contractor was able to upsell a battery package.
The data shows that the homeowner’s ROI is increased substantially with a data driven solution.
Case Study 2
A homeowner wants to minimize the demand charges he pays for his electricity during periods when the utility company uses peak demand pricing.
The homeowner’s energy contractor used Akida’s e-LOK Demand Control system to provide detailed data to help regulate the electricity demand during peak demand periods. The contractor configured the system using the utility company’s rate schedule to set the demand limits for the system. The homeowner identified the largest electrical loads that could be managed by the system and prioritized them for winter and summer. The contractor connected the loads to be managed to the e-LOK system and adjusted the settings based on feedback from the homeowner.
The homeowner was impressed with the “set and forget” nature of the system and did not have to devote any time to manage and operate the energy savings function once it was configured. A difference was noticed in the utility bills immediately as the demand was managed to be at or near the limit set by the homeowner. Demand charges were minimized and the load prioritization resulted in a minimal impact to the livability in the home. Reviewing the data on the dashboard helped the homeowner become much smarter in their energy consumption to further reduce their costs.
The contractor was able to show how a specifically tailored solar system could further reduce electricity costs and have a very high ROI. The homeowner is happy that the e-LOK is able to continuously monitor electricity consumption and can be re-configured to allow for changes in utility rates and provide pro-active notifications of any maintenance needs for the equipment. Furthermore he approved the solar system because he knew he would be able to easily monitor his power generation while managing his consumption.
A homeowner’s very specific needs were met with an economic solution that put him in control.
The homeowner quickly saw how a solar system would create additional value and the contractor was able to upsell a solar package.
The data shows that the homeowner’s ROI is increased substantially with data driven demand control.
Case Study 3
A homeowner who had a substantial solar and battery system was not happy with the savings and had asked another contractor what his options were to reduce his demand charges.
The contractor installed Akida’s e-LOK Battery Demand Control system to provide granular real-time data and modulate the power draw from the existing battery system.
The contractor adjusted the system settings to different levels of grid power usage during the peak period to optimize the usage of stored solar power. The homeowner quickly saw an almost flat grid demand during the entire peak period with the battery lasting through the whole peak period and demand charges being held to a set limit.
A homeowner’s problem was solved economically and quickly.
The contractor was able to upsell an eLOK system on a package that he did not install, creating a new service line for him.