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An Idea For Our Future: SMART meets Green

What is life without electricity? Well, it’s doable and could be fairly fun, for awhile… But what if we could change the way we live and still enjoy that incredible spark of energy we have become so dependent on? Well, this is my idea, for better or worse, this is what I thought up as a beginning to an end. So many people out there with the means, I hope you take something from this idea and put it to good use. Hopefully soon I will have a means to change the world. Until then I will continue trying to make sure my children’s futures are set in other ways, as so many of us struggle with day in and day out. If I end up creating something that works years off, then it may just be too late…

Please, do remember, this is not meant to be perfect in any way. It’s an out of the box idea with many loose ends and I MOST certainly did not give away all my ideas to this concept in this blog.

Commonwealth of Power by SmartGreen Properties

Integrating SMART tech with GREEN living

SmartGreen Properties will utilize SMART technologies to drive the growth and consumption of renewable pow-er sources. The program, Commonwealth of Power, will change and incentivize the way humans live and conduct their lives on a hyper-local level, working out to regional and state levels over a given period of time. Consumers will receive the added benefits of solar power, storage, and consumption while receiving the tools necessary to track and control their carbon footprint while adding value to the overall community through shared energy consumption.

The process will begin with new home construction and development (the “foundation”) and continue by adding preexisting homes (the “lateral faces”) through long term and transferable contracts (other avenues would be explored first, but this is to please the power companies that currently control the system). The addition of more homes will eventually lead to the introduction of large commercial properties (the “apex”). Hence, the idea of Commonwealth of Power utilizes excess solar power creation and consumption to leverage future outward builds into an interconnecting a contiguous or pre-existing grid, basically a pyramid scheme for power grids with standard power generation merely as backup. The initial foundations planning will be key to the systems longevity and overall strength. Battery power stations will hold and distribute solar generated power for a minimum of three days to all connected properties (the most expensive part, for now).

The technology side consists of three main components: homeowner app, grid software and controls, and smart home devices. Interconnecting these core areas is also a key component to the programs success and would be like the mortar that holds the pyramid (grid) together. Moreover, the apps compatibility with the overall software will deliver detailed home owner specific data to help incentivize a reduction in energy consumption through reduction in monthly bills costs and energy consumption rewards. AI powered learning will detail steps homeowners can take to reduce their consumption, but also understand their routines of living; such as turning lights off automatically when leaving a room for a given amount of time, reducing energy consumption while the home owner is away, learning home owner arrival times, alerting when a fridge has been left open, or when an appliance is not functioning properly (just to name a few, so many more ideas in my head for this, some current some new). The app will connect to all smart devices in a home, including lighting, to send monthly detailed reports of specific item energy usage and detail where the most power is being used.

When someone is added to the system, or a new home is built into the system, a homeowner will be visited by a technology associate who will show how to use the consumer friendly application. The app will work through normal devices (PCs, phones, tablets, etc.) while working through current smart systems and aides like google home, Alexa, etc. The tech will be responsible for initial set up of connecting all home devices, and detailing to the home owner how to add or change devices via map like system. The app and software would have “cut-off” abilities, mainly for homes that use too much power or do not stay under any predefined limits, thereby sending that homeowner onto normal grid usage and charges. The idea would be to get away from this completely, or incentivize proper energy consumption to the point the homeowner naturally changes their behavior over time.

Continuous data will be collected by SmartGreen Properties regarding energy consumption analytics and ideal power generation needs for communities. Interconnecting communities will allow for the exchange of power within those communities (hence growing the “pyramid”), or if worked through a preexisting grid can be worked back into the community as a whole. If excess power is worked through a preexisting grid, than any nightly or no sun power consumption would only be given to the properties in the communities with battery storage capabilities, until older communities could be brought to speed. Software operators will oversee the program’s functionality and efficiency. Not only will homes be built near or around battery storage units, but each new home built would be supplied with a personal battery storage facility for it’s own use. This idea is based solely on the homeowner to wrap the tech into their mortgage.

Each roof will aim to produce approximately 120% to 150% energy for the anticipated consumption need. Excess energy is diverted accordingly: first to use, then to home storage, then to long term community storage, and lastly back into a preexisting grid or contiguous communities. This idea provides there will be no need for solar farms. In fact, the idea is that the “farm” is the land already occupied by homeowners and businesses, previous and new. The last main culprit to this idea is money, or being able to be profitable while managing and growing the system. Grants, state and federal funding, and other forms of private funding would be necessary for start up and potentially for continued success until technology costs could decrease to a point of sustainability. Many homeowners that buy into the system would pay monthly fees that would be transferable with the home, basically a energy lien of sorts, but one with benefits. This last part needs some work, but is doable if the right protections were put in place.

This is a general overview of the idea created by David Gaulden in July 2019.

So there you have it. Not perfect, but fun to think about, question the hell out of, and poke holes in. I hope you enjoyed the read and will think about our future on this planet. How will you be the change? How will you allow our, your, my children to love the world we got to see and love for so many years? Until next time.

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