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My Light Systems: Bringing Greater Autonomy to Domestic Solar Energy

My Light Systems is a startup from Saint-Priest outside of Lyon, France that offers to optimize the photovoltaic energy that a household produces. They have developed a system that makes domestic solar electricity production more readable. The software is also capable of managing a household’s consumption in order to bring it closer to energy autonomy.

Solar Panels on Cabin in Rhone-Alpes, France

My Light Systems is a startup from Saint-Priest outside of Lyon, France that offers to optimize the photovoltaic energy that a household produces. They have developed a system that makes domestic solar electricity production more readable. The software is also capable of managing a household’s consumption in order to bring it closer to energy autonomy.

“We are at the time to decide. The energy model of tomorrow cannot do without renewable energy.” Carried by these convictions, Ondine Suavet founded My Light Systems. This startup, based in Saint-Priest, carried away the public and viewers’ choice prize at the BFM Academy 2015 Competition, held on Monday, June 30th.

The principle: to expand the energy autonomy of a home or an enterprise equipped with solar panels. My Light Systems develops a software that gives daily information on the electricity consummation of the building and its photovoltaic production, which is not possible when using a traditional solar kit. Therefore, the client knows the proportion of electricity that their solar panels produce out of the total energy that their household consumes.

Solar Power Center of Monts-Chambéry, France

The software of the startup goes even further: an algorithm guesses the future consumption and production of the building, based on the household’s habits and estimates of available sunshine. It then switches on the most energy-absorbing panels in function to available resources. The software is thus able to more seamlessly spread out energy consumption throughout the day, in order to use the maximum amount of energy created by the household’s solar panels and get closer to total energy autonomy.

“Solar power is to nuclear what Uber is to taxis,” suggests Ondine Suavet. “Electricity has, for a long time, constituted a monopoly and its cost is not very transparent. With My Light Systems, the user regains control of his or her energy use.” The public’s enthusiasm at BFM and the fact that energy bills are a major preoccupation of the French people are good signs for the startup.

Excluding tax credits, the system costs between 10,000 and 12,000 euros (roughly $11,000 - $13,200) for a household that wishes to install 20 m2 (215 square feet) of entry-level solar panels equipped with My Light Systems software.

Do you think individual control over sustainable energy use could increase overall use? What future possibilities do you see for software like My Light Systems? Is solar energy embraced and implemented in your community? Share your thoughts and city's stories in the comments area below.

Original article, originally published in French, here.

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Katelyn Hewett recently graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French. During her time at St. Olaf, she enjoyed playing the French Horn in the St. Olaf Band, working as a teaching assistant for first-year...

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