CRC awards Solar Analytics $1.9M for Smart Home Energy Management System

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Australian solar energy software provider Solar Analytics evolves from a solar monitoring platform to a holistic Smart Home Energy Management System with the announcement of a $1.9 million grant from the Australian Federal Government. This enhanced software service will provide solar owners with even greater visibility over their energy data, and the ability to closely manage their energy usage, get more value from their system, and drive down their electricity costs.

Smart Home Energy Management System by Solar Analytics

The Smart Home Energy Management System is being developed in response to the unprecedented changes in Australia’s energy industry. The major issues identified by Finkel, AEMO, CSIRO and ENA include electricity supply constraints leading to a need for residential demand management solutions; distributed generation driving an industry-wide need for energy data visibility; and markedly increasing electricity costs, with consumers lacking visibility on how to manage or improve their position.

The grant has been awarded by the Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) to Solar Analytics to provide “Integrated Smart Home Energy Management, Control and Data Visibility”. Solar Analytics will collaborate with a number of partners to deploy the innovative software platform, including energy utilities Ergon Energy and SA Power Networks, and research partner UNSW. Solar Analytics will also partner with fellow Australian energy technology companies Wattwatchers, SwitchDin, and other local smart energy partners to deliver this innovative end-to-end customer solution.

Solar Analytics CEO Stefan Jarnason says “We empower our users to navigate the changing energy landscape. The Smart Home Energy Management System will provide consumers with the holistic solution to maximise the value from their residential and commercial solar power system. We want to make living a solar-powered life simple and rewarding.”

The fourth round of the CRC Projects (CRC-P) Program was announced on Wednesday 6th December by The Hon. Craig Laundy MP, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science. Assistant Minister Laundy said, “The CRC Program has a long history of developing real world solutions to improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries. The short term collaborative research projects supported through this round will lead to direct impacts and improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries.”

Solar Analytics provides solar energy management services for residential and commercial solar power system owners for more than 15,000 solar premises across Australia, New Zealand and the USA.

About CRC

The Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program supports industry-led collaborations between industry, researchers and the community. It’s a proven model for linking researchers with industry to focus on research and development towards use and commercialisation.

It aims to:

- improve the competitiveness, productivity and sustainability of Australian industries, especially where Australia has a competitive strength and in line with government priorities
- foster high quality research to solve industry-identified problems through industry-led and outcome-focused collaborative research partnerships between industry entities and research organisations

 For more information, please visit www.business.gov.au/assistance/cooperative-research-centres-programme

About Solar Analytics

 Redfern-based Solar Analytics is a ground-breaking solar home energy management company that provides solar owners with compelling insights to increase the value of their solar power system. Founded in 2013 by a team of world-leading solar experts, Solar Analytics has developed a cloud-based data and analytics platform for residential and commercial solar systems. Using patented algorithms and machine learning, Solar Analytics’ monitoring software analyses energy generation, local weather and on-site energy consumption to provide real-time alerts and engaging insights for solar partners and households. More information at www.solaranalytics.com.