Silver Spring Networks, Wigton, U.K. team on smart grid project

Silver Spring Networks and the town of Wigton in Cumbria, U.K. are teaming up to turn the village into a smart energy community through adoption of smart metering, information displays, online portals and sharing of learning about benefits achieved.

The town was previously a pilot area for the introduction of rural broadband and through this initiative the community seeks to become empowered to take control of its energy needs.

The Wigton community and Silver Spring Networks have worked in collaboration within the town by engaging with people in their homes and town premises. Their work together has delivered an operational pilot with smart meters operating over a wireless communications network that gives consumers visibility of their energy use and information to help them control their costs.

Through the information available from the smart meters, consumers in the town will be more able to make decisions related to energy efficiency, home investment and energy use of appliances. At the heart of the initiative is the sharing of insight and learning across the community using a display area in the Market Hall, websites and communal discussion.

Over time the pilot is expected to grow in the number of homes, businesses and council buildings and extend into showcasing the benefits to the town of renewable energy, energy controls, innovative heating solutions, insight about water use and electric vehicles.

As the initiative expands it will show how a rural town such as Wigton can work together in partnership with innovative supporters such as Silver Spring Networks and their partners to become a showcase for innovation, realizing communal benefits and creating local opportunity.

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