In the past homes or businesses could only consume electricity.
Electricity was generated at large, centralised power plants and distributed to consumers who paid their energy retailer for the power they used.
In recent years many homes and businesses have installed on-site energy systems, such as rooftop solar. These systems are increasingly being coupled with battery storage.
These individual premises capture and store their own energy and also consume it from the grid.
A mini grid connects a group of energy users together, empowering them to generate, store and share energy.
The homes and businesses in a mini grid can be a mix of those with just solar, solar and batteries or even just participate as consumers of locally generated clean energy.
Centralised power plants were usually powered by heavily polluting fuels, such as coal.
During outages on the network, such as those caused by fallen trees, premises suffered blackouts until the outage was fixed.
On-site power generation options were limited, unreliable, dirty, prohibitively expensive, and any surplus energy generated was wasted.
Rooftop solar means you can provide your own power during the day.
A battery is a big step towards day & night energy self sufficiency.
Energy sourced from the grid is still largely sourced from fossil fuels.
Any surplus energy can only be sold back to the energy retailer for a modest price, sometimes called a feed-in tariff.
Energy sourced from the grid is significantly reduced. This maximises the amount sourced from locally generated, clean, cheap, solar energy.
Multiple locations, solar systems and batteries working as a team mean a higher potential for the mini grid to remain self-sufficient and avoid outages.
Surplus energy can be shared amongst participants in the mini grid, sold back the grid or even donated to a school, charity or other community organisation.
Ubi helps you directly at your home or business by delivering information about your electricity consumption and even providing helpful hints and notifications including high energy usage alerts.
Ubi is the brains of your electricity monitoring and management, and a big step towards sharing energy in your local area through an intelligent mini grid.
Homes and businesses can earn money by sharing electricity back to the grid.
Improved power reliability and security.
Sourcing more electricity from locally generated renewable sources.
Benefits extend beyond those who have solar panels and batteries.