Energy management specialist EkkoSense has won a tender from Nottingham City Council to supply a monitoring system for over 3,000 solar installations.
Nottingham City Council has an extensive solar panel programme across its council houses – managed by Nottingham City Homes – and EkkoSense’s web-based monitoring system will check each of the council’s solar installations daily, providing all of the information needed to claim income generated by the solar panels along with detailed performance data analytics.
The EkkoSense system will also ensure that households are able to get the maximum amount of free electricity from the system, thus reducing their energy bills.
Monitoring solar PV installations in this way identifies any repair or maintenance requirements almost immediately. This allows Nottingham City Homes and EkkoSense to work in partnership and respond very quickly to any problems, often before the resident even knows anything is wrong.
Dean Boyle, EkkoSense CEO, said: “It is fantastic to win the council tender to supply our innovative cloud-based M2M/IOT based software dashboard to monitor their stock of solar PV installations. The support from Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Homes has been crucial throughout the deployment and we look forward to a long term relationship.”
Councillor Alan Clark, Portfolio Holder for Energy and Sustainability said: “Nottingham is a leading city in the UK in terms of energy and low carbon businesses. With over 400 business involved in the low carbon sector, its own energy supply company and the largest district heating scheme in the country it’s an ideal start up location for energy related companies to develop and grow.”
The EkkoSense solution incorporates monitoring and metering solutions for both the roll-out of Nottingham City Council’s 3,000 PV panel installations as well as converting its existing portfolio of 1,000 homes with PV panels.
EkkoSense supplied a combination of pre-configured smart meters with the company’s enterprise-grad GPRS SIM solution for the new installs. The company also carried out a full audit of the PV and meter installation, and relocated over 300 meters, as part of its support for the existing portfolio of PV panels.