EnergySage, an online solar marketplace, and Schneider Electric, a specialist in energy management and automation, have teamed up to encourage energy efficiency for homeowners through solar energy systems and Wiser Air by Schneider Electric, a Wi-Fi smart thermostat.
The recently formed relationship includes joint marketing efforts in a number of different mediums, including community-based programs, such as Sunny Cambridge, a collaboration with the City of Cambridge, Mass., and direct consumer outreach initiatives.
Wiser Air will be featured in a number of EnergySage-managed solar programs as an incentive to encourage early consumer adoption of solar systems in these programs. The newly launched site features a promotion offering a $300 cash incentive to individuals who own a Wiser Air and that go solar through EnergySage.
“Smart thermostats are a great way to ensure that consumers manage their energy consumption efficiently,” said Vikram Aggarwal, founder and CEO of EnergySage. “We see the Wiser Air Wi-Fi smart thermostat as an exciting new product that encourages energy management similar to solar energy.”
“By working together, Schneider Electric and EnergySage can help owners achieve their energy efficiency goals through intelligent energy management and increased use of renewable energy sources,” said Yann Kulp, vice president of SmartSpace, Schneider Electric. “With solar-generated electricity powering the home and the innovative features of Wiser Air making it easy to manage energy use, the consumer is in control of driving a more sustainable future.”
According to Parks Associates, about 4 million smart thermostats were sold in the U.S. in 2015, nearly 40 percent of the total number of residential thermostats sold in the year. Navigant Research estimates that the global smart thermostat market reached $250 million in 2015 and is expected to reach $2.3 billion by 2023, an average annual growth rate of 32 percent.
— Solar Builder magazine