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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation

    Solar Analytics

    Location

    Redfern, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start Date

    November 2018

    Status

    Past

  • Project Partners
    None
    This renewables project was completed on 31 December 2021.

Summary

This project will deploy technologies to accelerate the growth of energy monitoring for households and small businesses with rooftop solar.

Key results

This project has delivered:

  • 20,000+ rooftop solar systems with intelligent analytics and fault diagnostics
  • 1000+ rooftop solar systems integrated with global inverter partners Sungrow and Fronius, with agreements signed and work underway on two more (GoodWe and GroWatt)
  • 700+ rooftop solar systems with active control and the ability to control battery storage
  • energy plan optimiser functionality that can save solar consumers over $400pa through intelligent electricity retail plan analysis and recommendations
  • a demonstration of the value of accurate solar monitoring, being $107pa for a typical residential customer and $3,052pa for a typical commercial customer
  • energy data to AEMO, 14 universities, 5 network operators and 5 other energy market participants
  • a follow-on project with AEMO to deliver high granularity sub-second data around grid events, eg voltage, frequency excursions
  • an industry initiative to establish the DER Visibility and Monitoring Best Practice Guide.
Last updated
27 January 2022

Need

One of the key challenges facing the electricity industry in the transition to renewable energy is how to equitably and cost effectively manage the increasing amounts of distributed energy resources (DER) such as rooftop solar and home batteries. It is essential that consumers are able to install DER to reduce their electricity costs, while maintaining grid reliability and equitable outcomes for all electricity customers.

The project aims to accelerate the deployment of an Australian-developed technology designed to monitor the performance of residential solar PV systems and provide low-cost analytics and fault diagnostics.

Action

The project will focus on accelerating sales growth through the reseller and utility channels, support the expansion of its go-to-market channel by partnering with at least three inverter companies, and increase revenue per site through the development of new customer product features including commercial site services, home energy management, and peer-to-peer trading.

Outcome

This project aims to:

  • grow total active sites under monitoring by Solar Analytics from 18,000 to 36,000
  • increase traction and revenue with three global inverter partners with at least 100 paid installed sites with each partner
  • expand the energy management platform to include storage control
  • demonstrate a shared solar peer to peer trading platform
  • increase the value of solar energy to customers through accurate monitoring
  • explore the value of more granular solar PV data with AEMO and distribution businesses
  • develop a market leading distributed energy resources management product that will play a key role in managing higher penetration of roof-top solar PV.
Last updated 27 January 2022
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