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Call it a wearable for electric meters. Actually, it’s really a gray collar that sits between an electricity meter and the meter’s case, and it contains a bit of tech that could one day cut the cost of installing solar panels on rooftops and also give utilities more control of the electricity production.
The device is called ConnectDER (DER stands for «distributed energy resources») and it’s being developed by a two-year-old Virginia-based startup called Infinite Invention. The device is still in the early stages but Infinite Invention has received a little help — $841,000 in two rounds of funding from SunShot, a U.S. Department of Energy program to support solar technology development — to get its product closer to market.
Solar panels, Image courtesy of Jon Callas, Flickr Creative Commons
What caught my attention when I spoke with Infinite’s executives at the SunShot conference in Anaheim, California, last month…
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