Press release

A new opportunity for municipal utilities:

coneva expands its white label solution for municipal utilities to include tools for regional power communities

Munich, February 25, 2019 coneva GmbH, a corporate start-up of SMA Solar Technology AG (SMA), is now providing municipal utilities with a new “way behind the meter”: White label solutions permit energy suppliers, owners of photovoltaic systems and ecologically aware tariff customers alike to join a regional electricity community. To ensure a simple one-stop solution, coneva is collaborating with the process and billing specialist iS Software GmbH. Interest in regionally-generated green electricity is growing rapidly. More and more consumers who do not have their own photovoltaic systems are still looking to obtain their electricity from sustainable sources in their area. At the same time, an increasing number of local prosumers generate a surfeit of electricity and are looking to share it. An “electricity community” allows the needs of both customer groups to be met.

Offer for prosumers and classic tariff customers (consumers)

This is where coneva’s solutions come in: Municipal utilities now have access to a new and powerful way of communicating and interacting with customers, by means of an energy landscape tailored to the municipal utility’s respective region that displays the region’s regenerative production capacities, as well as a user-friendly white label app. Both prosumers and classic tariff customers can use these tools to gain insight into their individual and local electricity generation and consumption. The forthcoming expansion enables various community models with different characteristics to be integrated, a process facilitated by iS Software GmbH’s expertise on the municipal utilities’ process landscape.

coneva offers an end customer app, as well as cloud and community accounting

“coneva’s innovation allows customers of municipal utilities to join a regional electricity community and take full advantage of the regenerative electricity produced within the region via virtual community memory,” explains Jochen Schneider, Managing Director of coneva GmbH. “In the process, coneva assumes responsibility for cloud and community accounting via the IoT energy management platform ennexOS from SMA, ensuring that each participant is allocated the electricity packages to which they are entitled, and for which they are finally billed or credited. Municipalities who connect their customers to such a community can consciously address their customers’ need for greater regionality, sustainability and sense of community, all while supplementing their classic tariff package(s) with an innovative and coherent business model in the sense of a new regional index. Municipalities also create a basis for selling and billing for value-added services – for example in connection with smart meter rollouts – and a real alternative to new providers entering the market.