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Everything Solar is Your Turn-Key Solar IoT Solution

Everything Solar is Your Turn-Key Solar IoT Solution

 

The Internet of Things refers to leveraging interconnected devices to create a network that can communicate, gather data, and adjust operations through a centralized controller. This fast-growing technology sector spans from smart lighting and small appliances to entire HVAC systems, electric vehicle charging, and even irrigation, pool, or spa equipment.

With solar IoT, interconnected devices powered by solar panels can monitor and manage the energy production and usage of entire buildings (whether residential, commercial, or industrial), making them more comfortable, more efficient, and ultimately saving energy and money. By creating a network encompassing all (or a large part of) a building’s technology, IoT enables data collection that continually refines the energy-dependent processes of any home or building, empowering owners to better understand and deploy their energy assets.

We’re hearing more and more clients ask about solar IoT solutions, which is why our Everything Solar process is designed to make it easy for consumers to adopt this exciting technology.

Demystifying Solar IoT

Internet of Things technology is cutting-edge, which makes it both attractive to consumers yet also sometimes hard to fully understand. What does a solar IoT building look like? Let’s use the average residential home as a case study:

As EnergyMatters notes, “With the advent of smart inverters, energy monitors and new generation battery storage, solar energy systems have joined the Internet of Things and are an important piece of the puzzle of boosting energy efficiency in an automated, smart home.” Any home equipped with solar PV panels can be fitted with a smart inverter and energy monitor to interact with IoT devices elsewhere on the property. We highly recommend battery storage as well in order to optimize energy use and provide power in times of need. The home’s solar energy can then be used to power a suite of interconnected devices.

Smart lighting is one of the most visible aspects of a smart home. In-room sensors can detect occupancy and adjust lighting levels automatically when people enter or leave the area. They can also monitor ambient light levels in order to provide the necessary amount of light during the day as opposed to at night, creating immediate energy savings. A smart home hub, whether a physical device or an app on occupant’s phones, can be used to adjust light levels at home or remotely.

Smart HVAC systems use internal and external thermometers to efficiently heat and cool a smart home. As with lighting, sensors detect occupancy to prioritize which areas need climate control and when, and temperatures can be automated or adjusted remotely. As foobot explores, smart air purifiers are the newest wave of IoT technology to make homes healthier and more energy efficient.

Smart appliances are revolutionizing how we live and work in domestic spaces. From IoT-connected refrigerators, water heaters, and washer/dryers to home security systems, entertainment systems and more, smart technology uses less energy while enabling greater control (or automation) of every aspect of a smart home.

Smart irrigation systems extend a home’s intelligence beyond the front door, using technology to save water and energy while keeping grass and plants healthy and hydrated. Smart pool pumps and heaters are self-monitoring, allowing residents to enjoy outdoor amenities without the hassle.

Smart solar consumption through energy monitoring and battery storage ensures that the solar energy a home generates extends as far as possible. Whether responding to time-of-use charges to save you money or automating your whole home without any dependence on utilities, these technologies are ushering in the future of green IoT. From the largest appliances to solar sensors that inform their decision-making and data collection, every aspect of a smart home can be powered by solar energy.

Everything Solar Makes IoT Easy

At Solar Design Studio, we believe that solar IoT solutions should be understandable and accessible to all interested consumers. That’s why our Everything Solar process includes a top-to-bottom assessment of your property’s energy needs and capabilities alongside a comprehensive suite of products that can be combined to create your custom smart home. We know that every space is unique and work with consumers to design the solution that meets their comfort, technology, and savings goals.

If you’d like to learn more about Everything Solar and our smart home solutions, contact us today!

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What Our Clients Are Saying

I have researched adding PV to my home for several years and have met with several PV providers in the KC area and they tend to fall into two broad categories, the new and low budget operators who got into this to ride the wave and are not that knowledgeable, and the commercial providers who have little interest in working with a homeowner and are geared to providing a much larger system where some economy of scale must come into play. Both my wife and I are architects and we wanted something different and it was challenging to find someone who was interested in doing something out of the ordinary. Neither or those types were interested in working with us as we were trying to create something a bit different. they each wanted to sell us their pre-configured solutions.

 

Fortunately we found Bob Solger. He has been a delight to work with and is incredibly knowledgeable and responsive. We wanted to create a solar carport that would provide cover and protection for our cars, but would also provide shade over part of our patio. In essence, the big idea was to create an outdoor pavilion, when, if we wanted to entertain we could move the cars out of the way and have a large covered area for an outdoor gathering. We had selected the Lumos brand of solar panels as they have a very clean look and are partially transparent so some light filters through the panels creating a mottled light pattern on the ground, similar to the shading from a tree. In addition, the system is set up to hide the majority of the connecting wires in the support beams so when you look up at the underside of the PV roof you see a very clean look. Bob recognized our goal and worked with us to ensure the project’s success. Bob identified a structural engineer to design an elegant support structure and found a fabricator to build it affordably. Finally he connected us with a contracting team to clear the space, provide the footings, retaining walls, and pad, who were every bit as careful with everything as you would hope. They were amazingly accommodating to every request and understood that there were a lot of competing challenges that needed to be resolved so we could fit this all in to a very tight location and make it look like it belongs.

 

The bottom line is that it all turned out better than we could have hoped and while it did cost more than the low ball bids received from some of the low budget operators, it was less than the commercially focused suppliers, and more importantly we got the design we wanted and a well-constructed PV carport that will give us great delight for years to come. The best part is of course the savings on our electric bill, which thus far has been averaging around $200/month. So not only do we have a new carport and entertainment patio that our neighbors have been stopping by and admiring (which given that we live in the older Brookside neighborhood and our PV carport is quite modern, we were much relieved) but, our electric bills have been in the under $10/month range.

 

We owe a great debt of gratitude to Bob and his knowledge and team for helping to create an amazing PV carport for us. I’m sure you would be delighted with whatever you engage him to help you with.

Dev & Sue Malik

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