The perfect 'size' for your PV panels is when their output matches the instantaneous power demand of your house. If you could achieve this, you would use all the energy provided by your panels in real-time. Unfortunately, this is nearly impossible to achieve as the output of your panels varies a great deal; with season, weather, air temperature, shading and other factors. Likewise, your household demand varies but is likely small during weekday day-times...unless you have a pool. As the most energy intensive appliance in the house, a typical pool, together with other household equipment, will often draw more energy than your PV system can provide. This forces you to buy expensive on-peak and shoulder energy from the Grid for the excess. Your savings can easily be wiped out by these charges, depending on the number and size of your panels, and the weather.
Pooled Energy will reduce both your pool power and energy consumptions to levels that are usually much better matched to the output of a typical PV system, with reductions up to 70%.
The Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) that is the heart of a Pooled Energy system can schedule your pool equipment to operate during daylight periods to maximise use of your solar electricity production, or provide even more efficient use of your solar power with an optional Solar Optimisation Service at an additional cost.
Operating via the Internet, the Intelligent Pool Controller (IPC) uses cloud and sunshine forecasts from the Bureau of Meteorology to decide whether PV energy will be able to operate your pool equipment during the day. On forecast rainy days for example, the IPC will use off-peak energy from the Grid to operate the pool. If the pool was set by time-clocks, you would be paying for shoulder and peak electricity from the Grid rather than using free energy from your panels. You get real value from your panels with this service…and a better pool.