South Australia’s electricity network operator will be a ‘Relevant Agent’ under the SA state government’s new export control requirements for grid-connected solar PV systems – effective from this Monday, 28 September 2020 – working with a pre-selected group of technologies (including Wattwatchers).
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Wattwatchers Digital Energy’s new Agent-as-a-Service (AaaS) model received a boost today (Friday, 25 September) with SA Power Networks’ announcement that Wattwatchers is a ‘compatible technology solution’ for its ‘Relevant Agent’ role under the South Australian Government’s emerging solar control regulations.
Thanks to the industry-leading flexibility of the Wattwatchers technology suite, our solutions alternatively will be available through other Relevant Agents and own-branded partner solutions, and via solar installers and other energy services partners. Earlier this week Wattwatchers announced Agent-as-a-Service (AaaS), based on our ADEPT Internet of Things (IoT) integration and machine learning platform, which we’ve nicknamed ‘Smart AaaS’.
SA Power Networks’ announcement means that using a Wattwatchers Auditor 6M+3SW device (cellular, up to 6 channels of monitoring and switching for up to 3 loads) is deemed to be compliant with South Australia’s new Regulatory Changes for Smarter Homes to enable remote disconnection/reconnection of inverter systems.
A WiFi version, the Auditor 6W+3SW, also is available.
In addition, Wattwatchers is working with selected inverter manufacturers and PV installation companies to exercise more fine-tuned control of solar export using our Modbus-enabled device model, the Auditor 6M+MB.
The new regulations come into effect from this Monday, September 28th, for all grid-connected solar installations in South Australia.
Solar system owners or operators are required to nominate their ‘Relevant Agent’, which may be SA Power Networks or one of a number of others that are being registered with the South Australian Government’s Department for Energy and Mining for ‘Remote Disconnect and Reconnection of Electricity Generating Plants’.
Relevant Agent solution for SA Power Networks from Wattwatchers Digital Energy
From 28 September 2020, all new embedded generation installations, upgrades and alterations in South Australia must comply with the new requirements outlined in the State Government’s Smarter Homes amendments and a ‘Relevant Agent’ must be appointed. The Relevant Agent framework has been designed to enable the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and State Government to reduce the risk of major blackouts, under certain rare circumstances, by monitoring and maintaining safe levels of solar PV generation.
The Relevant Agent will initiate control of the output of the embedded generator in emergency conditions, as directed by the SA Government or AEMO, in coordination with SA Power Networks.
Relevant agent solution
Wattwatchers Digital Energy is pleased to announce it has been listed as a compatible technology solution with SA Power Networks’ Relevant Agent service.
Under this arrangement, you will be able to continue to install our products compliant with the new requirements.
Wattwatchers’ API-enabled devices and our new Agent-as-a-Service (AaaS) business model enable any inverter to meet the new requirements in South Australia.
Why SA Power Networks as a relevant agent?
SA Power Networks already undertake this role for large embedded generation and can provide the coordination and facilitation needed to meet the Relevant Agent requirements efficiently. SA Power Networks’ 24/7 Network Operations Centre and Customer Services teams have established new processes and systems to manage the customer relationships and operational output of solar PV systems as part of the Relevant Agent role.
What SA Power Networks offers as an Agent:
- a simple way to appoint a Relevant Agent
- this service at no cost to customers with supported technology
- the capabilities and experience to manage solar PV curtailment
How to nominate SA Power Networks as an Agent when using our technology:
- When completing the solar application form, select our technology along with SA Power Networks as the Relevant Agent
- As part of installation, ensure the system is connected to the internet and correctly set up in the Wattwatchers API (documented at https://docs.wattwatchers.com.au) in accordance with our installation instructions, and using our Onboarding App (https://onboarding.wattwatchers.com.au)
- When completing the eCoC, select our technology with SA Power Networks as the Relevant Agent
About Wattwatchers: Wattwatchers Digital Energy is a technology company focused on intelligent, open and non-proprietary, consumer-friendly solutions for an electricity-powered 21st century. Our solutions suite spans devices, datasets, analytics, software and Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, for energy and non-energy applications across home, community, commercial and industrial, and utility use cases. Our horizontal Energy Data Hub model promotes technology collaborations, with dozens of third-party partner integrations with our RESTful API – in Australia, and internationally. Product brands include Wattwatchers (hardware and data to the cloud), mydata.energy (native app) and ADEPT (agile IoT platform for managing multi-technology fleets in real-time). Multi-year projects include My Energy Marketplace, backed by $2.7 million in grant funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA); and MyTown Microgrid, supported by a $1.75 million grant from the Australian Government. More information at: www.wattwatchers.com.au