What is a Behind the Meter System ?
|A Behind the Meter system ( BTM ) is a Renewable Energy system uniquely designed and bult for a single building or facility. Its purposes are :|
A BTM consists of the following compnents :
How does a BTM work ?
Currently, your building has a single source of energy - the grid ( excluding backup generators )
Because you are limited to that single source, you are exposed to :
A BTM allows you to access electricty from :
The BTM operates as a large UPS within your building, charging its batteries from renewables, and buying any extra energy as needed from the grid.
Because the BTM's smart controller is constantly monitoring all the energy sources as well as the load being drawn, it can :
Using this information, the BTM does the following :
Although technologically it can do so, a BTM normally does not sell power back to the grid it uses all the power for its host building.
In jurisdictions like Ontario that have a Feed In Tarrif, it is generally forbidden to have a single system that both sells electricity to the grid and also uses it internally.
Depending on your jurisdiction, it may be practical to have a dual purpose system.