Bidgely has introduced solar disaggregation, which enables utilities and their residential solar customers to track solar generation and consumption in tandem with grid energy use on the HomeBeat home energy portal. The new technology provides a unified energy management experience through which utilities gain a comprehensive view of the energy demands of all solar and grid-tied residential customers.
Solar disaggregation is automatically enabled for programs initiated by utilities in the summer of 2014.
Bidgley chief executive officer Abhay Gupta explains, “Lack of transparency into solar generation and solar consumption is a major headache for utilities, and we developed this product in response to utility requests for a solution. Solar disaggregation also eliminates the hassle customers experience when shuttling between solar and utility portals. By providing a unified, one-stop home energy destination, utilities can continue to engage customers over the lifespan of their solar array.”
Bidgely’s solar disaggregation technology gives solar customers a comprehensive view of energy taken from the grid and energy sent to the grid. Additionally, the solar disaggregation solution benefits solar customers by reducing whole-home energy use.
Farah Saeed, principal consultant on energy and environment at Frost & Sullivan, adds: “As distributed solar continues its meteoric growth, maintaining a long-term relationship with solar customers will be increasingly critical for utilities seeking to differentiate themselves as forward-looking service providers. Products such as solar disaggregation technology could strengthen utilities’ overall industry role and customer service offerings.”
Bidgely’s “Solar Energy Disaggregation Using Whole-House Consumption Signals,” white paper explains how its algorithms accurately disaggregate solar generation through net metered energy consumption and weather data.
Green Button customers can add solar disaggregation immediately, while HAN gateway device owners will be able to add the product by Q3 2014.