Span.IO has upgraded the home electrical panel by adding smart communication features to it. Much like smart thermostats did you can now have an app to reconfigure and manage your home electrical panel.
Span.IO raised $10M and seems to be a direct competitor to the Lumin Smart Panel – which helps installers build out an intelligent [app connected] protected loads panel for homeowners that want energy storage. That protected loads panel, much like Span costs $1,000 – $2,000 depending on the home…not including installation of course.
The application for these smart panels are clear – homes that are planning to go solar and possibly add storage down the road. Rather than having additional wiring to bring in Lumin, Span reduces installation costs due to less wiring, helps homeowners reconfigure their protected loads during an outage and helps give you more insight into how you use energy throughout your home – at a breaker level. Not to mention utilities gaining further control over your home’s energy usage to turn off breakers in your house during demand response events.
Span is an interesting company bringing a real solution to market to help provide an incentive to homeowners to go solar & storage by reducing the electrical panel upgrade costs.