How does Matter work?
To figure out the amount you’ll save the first thing you will need to do is find out is how much electricity your household uses and how much you pay for it. This information is available from your utility bill.
Once we know that we can figure out what the right size system for your property is and estimate when you consume power. Matter’s solar service is a great match for tenants that consume a reasonable amount of electricity during sunlight hours.
Yes, because solar only generates electricity during the day, and the amount generated is dependent on the weather, you will still need a grid electricity supply to cover your evening and additional daytime needs.
You should be aware that the solar power to the premises is not the primary source of energy:
- the solar power offsets part of the energy supplied by your energy retailer and the remainder of the energy is supplied by the grid;
- due to the nature of solar power, neither Matter nor your landlord guarantee continuous solar energy supply to the premises; and
- loss of solar power supply will not interfere with your access to grid electricity.
When you log into your Matter portal you will get a real-time view of how much energy is being consumed at your rental property and the split between solar energy and grid power updated every 30 mins.
The Matter portal also forecasts what you are likely to consume for the rest of the day based on your typical usage patterns, the weather forecast for your location and the forecast production from the solar panels.
You can also look at historic data to see how you’ve done since you moved in.
Matter remotely monitors the solar production and energy consumption on the premises for the purposes of billing, user support, error correction and maintenance.
Our smartbox has an 4G SIM card built in to send usage data securely back to our cloud. All you need to do is make sure that there is constant power to it.
In the unlikely event of the solar system or our hardware failing during daylight hours, your electricity will be temporarily sourced from the grid until the system is repaired. Matter will alert the property owner and/or property manager.
Right now we’re focused on rolling out Matter’s solar for rentals service to detached, semi-detached, terraced houses and dual-occupancy properties but will soon support mixed residential and multi-tenant sites. An easy way to think about it is "does my rental property have its own roof?" If yes this is perfect for Solar for Rentals.
If you live in a mixed residential or multi-tenant rental property with a shared roof the site will need to be assessed further to see if Solar is viable. Please email our team with your enquiry and address. Email us.