Reposit Power has expanded its service towards home automation or the smart home. By integrating its software with the IFTTT platform, it can now turn on household devices when it makes sense to use cheap rooftop PV.
The Reposit platform has previously optimized rooftop solar and battery storage systems, integrating weather forecasting and household power consumption patterns to ensure that residential solar batteries charge at optimal times and export electricity during peak price periods. It can now switch on and off devices, pushing up the self consumption of a solar system.
The IFTTT web service has now been integrated by Reposit into its system – which can be coupled with smart plugs to control energy hungry appliances. IFTTT connects “devices, apps, services and websites” to enable them to register and respond to signals. “If something happens, Then do something else” Reposit sets out in its blog post announcing the new functionality.
“This new feature also gives homeowners the power to reduce their electricity bills by using their solar battery setups more efficiently,” said Reposit Power CEO, Dean Spaccavento in a statement.
In New South Wales, where peak electricity prices can range into eye-watering territories, Reposit claims that 62% of its customers pay less than $2 a day for their power. Presumably, by integrating the IFTTT web service, this can be further reduced.
In its press release announcing the addition of the IFTTT capabilities, Reposit quotes customer Nick Pfitzner that has used smart plugs and the web service to automate devices like his pool pump – making best use of the rooftop PV generation when he’s out of the house.
“I usually had to rely on timers… now I can actually run other devices without worrying about whether the sun is out or not because the IFTTT integration will help control those for me.” Nick Pfitzner said. “It’s great and convenient to just be able to see what’s happening in the house and then be able to act on it when I need to because I can turn things on and off remotely.”
Installing Reposit’s hardware, its Box, can cost between $700 – $1800, depending on installation costs and local grid requirements or regulations.
On its home turf early this year, Reposit claimed that by participating in a Virtual Power Program enabled by its technology, Canberrans could reduce power bills to below $1/day. The VPP program was rolled out through a partnership with local network owner and operator Evoenergy,