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Discovergy Landlord-To-Tenant Power Supply

Proven measuring solution and a safe billing system: We ensure the success of your landlord-to-tenant electricity supply project

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Landlord-to-tenant power supply, with all its advantages, is ideally suited for implementing the future of renewable energies house by house, street by street. Tenants benefit from the inexpensive electricity generated locally on the roof with a photovoltaic system or in the basement with a CHP (combined heat and power unit). Landlords increase their income by selling the self-produced energy and thus increase the value of their property. As of today, these models often do not yet pay off since the financial costs for metering and billing are too high. The good news: We make the sustainable success of your landlord-to-tenant power supply project possible. As a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, we provide operators with the right tool for efficient pricing, billing and management of these microgrid solutions.


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Proven measuring concept

Our widely used summation meter model is ideally suited for buildings with several tenants. We record the amount of green electricity consumed in real time, how much of it is fed into the public grid or whether additional electricity is needed.

 

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Safe invoicing system

Safe invoicing system

We enable the sustainable success of your landlord-to-tenant power supply. As a Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, we provide Owners and Landlords with the right tool for efficient pricing, billing and management of various microgrid-models.

 

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Energy transparency

Not just owners and partners benefit from our smart metering solutions. With our smart electricity meters, every tenant can visualize their energy consumption in real time, unmask energy guzzlers and thus save money.

 

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Measuring concept - summation meter model for landlord-to-tenant power supply


The measuring concept of a microgrid-project is a technical challenge. If not all factors and legal requirements are considered, these projects can become an expensive failure. Discovergy is the first independent metering point operator in Germany to be a strong, reliable partner for the development and implementation of measuring concepts that guarantee the profitability of landlord-to-tenant power supply projects over the years.


Smooth transition process


No matter how many tenants are accommodated in one building: We ensure the fast, smooth exchange of old, mostly analogue electricity meters for modern smart meters. With our network of installers, error-free installation and commissioning of the new metering points is no problem at all. We always keep the overview of the complex switching process and carry out market-compliant communication with energy suppliers and network operators using our WiM Manager.


The summation meter model


The summation meter model is our most frequently used measuring concept in landlord-to-tenant power supply projects. In addition to the production meter, which measures the in-house energy, and the respective smart meter for tenants, a bi-directional summation meter forms the link between the domestic grid and the public grid. This bi-directional summation meter records both the surplus electricity fed into the grid and the quantities of energy purchased from an external energy supplier. Thus, the public grid is used if the electricity demand cannot be covered by the photovoltaic or CHP systems in the landlord-to-tenant microgrid itself. This measuring concept gives tenants the freedom to choose their energy supplier freely and - if desired - not to participate in the landlord-to-tenant power supply project at all.

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Invoicing system for landlord-to-tenant power supply projects

In the context of landlord-to-tenant power supply, a decisive factor is to keep the costs for operational management low to be profitable. Real estate owners suddenly become energy suppliers - with all the associated rights and obligations. These include, for example, knowledge of the energy market and metering technology. To convince the highest possible number of tenants of the advantages affiliated with self-produced energy, some expertise in the field of marketing is also required. Our system simplifies all billing processes and thus makes an important contribution to the profitability of the project.


Tariffing


Operators of landlord-to-tenant power supply can use our billing system to create the electricity tariffs and then use them for invoicing.

The annual or seasonal adjustment of tariffs is an easy task as well.


Invoicing


In addition to the intuitive management of customers and contract data, our platform enables automatic, consumption-based billing per residential unit. The billing is based on the requirements of an energy cost billing by the Energy Industry Act and can be adapted to your individual layout. To enable your tenants to conveniently pay their bills by direct debit, our system also offers the option of storing a mandate reference and creating a SEPA file. This combines payment convenience for tenants with simplified billing options for the electricity supplier.

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Discovergy landlord-to-tenant electricity supply in practice

Thanks to precise measuring technology and intelligent data processing, even the most complex microgrid models can be implemented with Discovergy smart electricity meters (Smart Meters). On request, we provide the measuring concept, installation of the measuring technology as well as billing and customer administration.

 

 

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Landlord-to-tenant electricity supply in Munich

Eco-energy supplier Polarstern offers a microgrid solution that fits in with the company's philosophy: Decentrally generated energy is consumed locally by the tenants. Discovergy provides measuring technology and intelligent data processing to correctly account for the relationship between electricity consumed within the microgrid, electricity fed into it and electricity received from the wide area grid.

 

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The "Hennehaus" in Oldenburg

During refurbishment, Dr. Thomas Henne's apartment building was equipped with a photovoltaic system on the roof and several cascade CHPs including battery storage. Discovergy's measuring concept, measuring technology and billing enable the house owner as system operator to sell the generated electricity to his tenants on site.

 

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Frequently asked questions about microgrids for landlords and tenants

What's landlord-to-tenant power supply?

 

The idea that the residents of a multi-party building are supplied with electricity produced directly in the building. The electricity is produced, for example, by a photovoltaic system on the roof or a block-type thermal power station in the basement. This electricity does not run through the public grid but is generated locally and consumed directly by the users of the landlord-to-tenant project. Usually, this type of microgrid is either managed by the owner of the property himself or by an independent operator as an investment. A study by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWI), for example, concludes that 3.8 million apartments - 10% of all apartments in Germany - could be supplied with electricity by these kinds of microgrids, at the current state of technology alone.

 

What advantages does this offer to real estate developers or property owners?

 

Electricity produced and consumed via landlord-to-tenant power supply, is now profitable for a wide variety of users. As the owner, you can increase your income by selling the electricity you generate yourself and at the same time increase the value of your property. It is therefore of course especially attractive for building owners to plan a new building as a landlord-to-tenant power supply. In addition, reorganizations offer the ideal possibility as well. If the central heating system needs to be renewed or the roof to be repaired, the additional expense for a microgrid project is reduced. And it is not only owners who benefit from its installation. It can also be profitable for commercial tenants to use their own roof areas to generate energy. Where previously only larger projects could work economically, much has happened in the meantime. Thanks to more cost-efficient installations and direct subsidies under the Landlord-to-Tenant-Electricity Act, projects starting at around 15 parties can now also be designed profitably.

 

What advantages does landlord-to-tenant electricity offer tenants of an apartment building?


As a tenant, you benefit from sustainably generated energy, which is even cheaper than electricity from the public grid. This makes conscientious electricity consumption possible without additional costs. All parties involved benefit from a high number of participants, because the running costs can be distributed and reduced. Since smart meters are an indispensable part of a successful landlord-to-tenant power supply project, tenants also benefit from the added value created by automatic data collection, for example our visualization options on the Discovergy Platform or our notification functions.


What services do we provide to support the implementation of landlord-to-tenant electricity?

 

In the field of landlord-to-tenant electricity, Discovergy's services include the creation of the metering concept, the installation of smart meters and further support in regular operation. The operator has access to our landlord-to-tenant platform, which greatly improves the billing and tariffing of the microgrid system.

 

Measuring concept: With Discovergy, any constellation of renewable energies is possible when creating the measuring concept, regardless of whether you want to use photovoltaic power exclusively or mixed generation coupled with a CHP unit. We could also implement a measuring concept with a wind power plant as an power generator. As a competitive metering point operator, we have negotiated general measurement contracts with all grid operators in Germany. This shows that we have always been able to reach an agreement, even if many grid operators still have very specific ideas for integrating a landlord-to-tenant power object or lack the experience to implement such projects.

 

Metering point operation: Once the measuring solution has been approved by the network operator, we coordinate the meter changeover and commissioning during the implementation phase. As soon as the project is fully functional, it enters regular operation.

 

Billing: An important element in the organisation of the ongoing regular operation of landlord-to-tenant electricity is to keep the expense of billing management to a minimum. Relevant values must be evaluated and made available to both the tenants and the grid operator. For a long time, reading and documenting meter readings was the bottleneck that made the successful operation of a landlord-to-tenant electricity project difficult or even impossible. As Discovergy Smart Meters automatically record the measured values, there is no need to read and record them manually. Instead, the recorded data is prepared for you to check in on our Platform. With our tools, you can create consumption-based invoices, organize seasonal rate adjustments and create comparative analyses without any effort.


What does a typical measuring solution for a landlord-to-tenant electricity project look like?

 

The most typical meter configuration for a landlord-to-tenant electricity project is the summation meter model. At one end, a production meter measures the generation of the photovoltaic or other production system. This is backed up by a bidirectional meter, the totalizer, and the reference and feed-in data that are transferred to or from the public grid at the house transfer point. These two components are used to connect the individual Discovergy Smart Meters, which are installed for each tenant. This model ensures that the electricity produced and fed into the grid as well as the electricity resold to the tenants is invoiced in line with consumption. The legally mandated third-party supply to residents who have decided against the project is thus also possible without any problems.


Which administrative duties must be met by a landlord-to-tenant operator?


As a landlord-to-tenant power supply operator, you face new obligations and challenges in the organization, because:


Basically, the operator of a landlord-to-tenant system now also acts as an energy supplier in accordance with Section 3 (18) EnWG because the operator supplies electricity to a final consumer (tenant). He is thus obliged, for example, to provide information to the Federal Network Agency and the Main Customs Office, but of course also to the distribution network operator. For a facility in regular operation, certain requirements must also be met, such as market-compliant billing and customer management. Here it is particularly helpful to be able to fall back on tools such as our Discovergy platform, which reduces and facilitates administrative work.


Which landlord-to-tenant power supply projects have already been implemented by Discovergy?

 

Among over 140 successfully implemented landlord-to-tenant electricity projects, a wide variety of types of properties with unique requirements were represented.

 

For mixed-use real estate, landlord-to-tenant electricity is a relevant topic; the post office site in Kehl am Rhein with its 61 tenants, including several shops, is a vivid example of how implementation can succeed. We installed a total of 66 meters in the complex. From the creation of the measuring concept in coordination with the network operator to the installation of our smart meters to our visualization solutions and billing systems, Discovergy was able to contribute to the success of the project with its entire range of services.

 

Another showcase for how individual requirements of each landlord-to-tenant project can be mastered is, for example, the cooperation between Discovergy and Technische Werke Schussental. The property owners made their roof space available, while the TWS assumed the operating and installation costs of the system. Discovergy supplies the measuring solution, the smart electricity meters and manages the metering point operation.

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