Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Solar firm Spruce picks AT&T AMI

William Payne
October 14, 2016
US solar energy finance and management firm Spruce Finance has picked AT&T to provide an Advanced Metering Infrastructure.

Spruce provides consumer finance products to residential solar and efficiency improvement companies. The company monitors and maintains the systems of homeowners who have financed their systems with leases or power purchase agreements.

The AT&T Smart Grid advanced metering solution provides a two-way 4G LTE wireless connection and near real-time information advantage for companies.

The solution includes: smart grid meters and sensors; access to the LTE network and head-end applications for management of Smart Grid devices; ongoing professional service support which includes assistance with project management, implementation, hosting and employee training.

"Spruce monitors and manages a large fleet of residential solar systems across the U.S.," said Steve Olszewski, chief operating officer, Spruce. "AT&T has developed an end-to-end solution with equipment, a national data network and software that allows us to view each system meter reliably, so we can see how the system is performing and troubleshoot as needed. This helps ensure consistent system performance for homeowners and smart interaction with the electric grid."

"We are committed to helping cities become smarter, cleaner and more energy-efficient," said Mike Zeto, general manager and executive director, AT&T Smart Cities. "Innovation in the energy utility sector is a major component of the smart cities equation. We look forward to working with Spruce to deploy the next generation of IoT smart energy solutions in our communities."