Equiwatt is inspired by the first-hand energy experiences of founders Johnson Fernandes and Ravneet Kaur. They set out on a mission in 2015 to find a solution to the frequent power cuts and blackouts that were part of growing up in India. In many such places, energy is a privilege and not a right and they found it shocking that millions live daily without electricity.
An initial interest in the potential of clean energy led them to realise that peak time strain on the grid system was in fact the core problem. And this problem exists all over the world to differing degrees. What had never been addressed was the role that households could play. For example, reducing household energy usage at peak times and shifting it to times when cleaner, renewable energy is more abundant is something every home can support.
The founders focussed on digital technology to empower households and worked towards developing a solution accessible to millions, without the high cost typically associated with the likes of solar panels or electric vehicles.
Equiwatt was established in 2017 with a platform and app that helps consumers across the UK to save energy at peak times. We want to build the world’s largest virtual power plant. That means switching off community member appliances at the same time to have the biggest collective impact possible on reducing household CO2 emissions. Better still, we reward people for doing their bit towards creating a better world that we hope one day will make clean energy more accessible and affordable to all.
We live and breath energy, whether it's thinking of new ways to help consumers to be more energy efficient or breaking new barriers with residential DSR!
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