Wattwatchers is engaged in innovative projects to bring about a more sustainable energy future.
The My Energy Marketplace (MEM) project is building a major new dataset for energy transition research and commercial solution development, focusing on highly granular real-time and historical data from behind the utility meter.
At the same time, the project seeks to give energy users—householders and businesses—a greater voice and more options in how they participate in the ‘New Energy’ economy, including rewarding them for data sharing with third parties and ensuring consumer data rights are protected.
The MEM provides consumers with user-friendly tools for managing and sharing their data, empowering them to participate in the energy marketplace. It helps them to better manage their own usage and reduce bills, while also leveraging their data as an asset for them and a resource for others.
Backed by $2.7M in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the approx $10M, 3.5-year MEM project is now into its third year, scaling up to install smart energy solutions to 5,000-plus homes, small businesses and schools Australia-wide.
How to get involved
If you are a householder or small business that wants to get a discounted smart energy solution, visit mydata.energy.
If you are a school that wants to get a low-cost energy management and education package check out the MEM-supported Energy Starter Pack from Solar Schools.
If you are installing solar systems or undertaking other rollouts that would benefit from discounted Wattwatchers packages for your own customers or business, please contact our team using the form at the end of this page.
To get your own energy monitor installed and learn more about how the app can help you, visit mydata.energy.
For more information on the project, visit the ARENA project page.
Spurred on by new clean technology options, Australian communities are at the forefront of a global movement changing the way electricity is generated, transmitted, stored and used. Localised solutions, including microgrids, empower communities to become resilient and adapt to crisis situations.
MyTown Microgrid Heyfield energy project is an innovative, multi-year, multi-stakeholder project undertaking a detailed data-led microgrid and local energy solution feasibility study for the historic timber town of Heyfield, in eastern Victoria’s Wellington Shire.
Heyfield, population circa 2000 people, is fast becoming an Australian ‘energy data town’, with Wattwatchers monitoring installed at 10 percent of the town’s 700+ homes and two primary schools, with up to 15 local businesses also being monitored.
The project is receiving $1.75 million of federal government funding, through the Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund—Microgrid Program, and $100,000 from the Latrobe Valley Authority was granted to the project partners to undertake the study.
How to get involved
This project has achieved a full subscription for homes and small businesses to participate in the project. If you would like to learn more about what’s happening with the project, please contact the Heyfield Community Resource Centre.
The full list of successful RRCRF-Microgrids Program first funding round projects.
One Step Off The Grid article covering the project.
Other industry projects we're engaged in
Byron Industrial Estate Microgrid Study
Located in Byron Bay’s Arts and Light Industrial Estate, this microgrid research study serves to investigate, trial and accelerate learnings related to microgrids. Led by community-owned retailer Enova Energy, the project included installing Wattwatchers monitoring devices at 25 sites, of which 23 continue to participate.
Under a novel ‘microgrid tariff’ modelled for the project by UNSW researchers, customers could buy solar energy from their neighbours more cheaply than they could buy electricity from the wider grid. They also could receive more than the standard feed-in tariff for electricity they sell to their neighbours. The modelling undertaken by the UNSW team for the study is demonstrating the potential for a microgrid to deliver financial benefits to consumers.
PARTNERS: Enova Energy (lead), Essential Energy, UNSW, Wattwatchers
Residential Heat Pump Study (Fairwater Living Lab)
Led by Climate-KIC Australia, the Residential Heat Pump Study is a three-year study on the commercial-scale demonstration of renewable (thermal energy) ground source heat pumps (GSHPs). Based in the Fairwater master-planned residential community in Western Sydney, the project seeks to establish the business case for industry-wide adoption of GSHPs to provide residential heating and cooling in greenfield developments.
Wattwatchers monitoring has been installed at about 40 homes in the Fairwater estate, with two devices at some sites to allow highly-granular monitoring of loads, solar generation at a number of participating sites, and also a number of sites with granny flats. The $1.64M project is supported by $500,000 in grant funding from ARENA.
PARTNERS: Climate-KIC Australia (lead), Frasers Property, Presync, NSW OEH, UTS, Curtin University, Green Building Council of Australia, Wattwatchers
Grid Disturbances Project
The ARENA-funded project Enhanced Reliability through Short Term Resolution Data around Voltage Disturbances was initiated with the aim of helping the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to manage the transition to an energy system with a high proportion of distributed energy resources (DER). The $1.68M project, with a $491,000 ARENA grant, was led by Solar Analytics using specially-enabled sub-second data measurements enabled via Wattwatchers devices.
Disturbance analysis data from distributed photovoltaic (DPV) systems connected to the National Electricity Market (NEM) around voltage and frequency disturbances was provided to AEMO for analysis so that a better understanding of fielded DPV response to various grid conditions could be achieved, enabling AEMO to update system models and make appropriate adjustments to system management to maintain system reliability through the rapid growth in DPV capacity.
PARTNERS: Solar Analytics (lead), AEMO, Wattwatchers
Low Carbon Retrofits in Social Housing
The Sustainable Buildings Research Centre at the University of Wollongong led a CRC for Low Carbon Living study called ‘Mainstreaming Low Carbon Retrofits in Social Housing’. This two-year project, which wrapped up in 2020, provided real world evaluation of a range of energy efficiency upgrades undertaken in Social Housing properties around NSW, considering changes in energy consumption, thermal conditions, and tenant perceptions of the upgrade. Wattwatchers monitoring was installed at 50-plus social housing sites in regional NSW.
PARTNERS: CRC for Low Carbon Living, University of Wollongong SBRC
Affordable Heating and Cooling
The Affordable Heating and Cooling Innovation Hub (iHub) project aims to demonstrate how renewable energy technology can be optimally integrated with heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC&R) equipment in commercial buildings. Supported by $6.48M in grant funding from ARENA, the $16.72M project is led by the Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heating (AIRAH). Wattwatchers monitoring has been installed at two school sites for the iHub project.
PARTNERS: AIRAH, University of Wollongong, Queensland University of Technology, University of Melbourne, CSIRO
How can Wattwatchers help your project?
Contact our team with your project proposal and we can work through the relevant products, services and options that can support your project.