Electricity Sub-Metering for Retail Complexes
The need for retail stores to measure electricity consumption can vary from a single meter installation for tenant billing to metering of base building loads such as heating, lighting, refrigeration and air conditioning to understand load and consumption levels.
Typically these loads are metered in switchboards and distribution panels. When managing retro fit installations this can present challenges as space can be a premium. For Greenfield sites design considerations can be made for additional metering at an early stage and metering can be built into the switchboard prior to installation at site.
Loads captured by electricity sub-metering devices, both whole current and CT devices, might include:
- Air Conditioning Plant
- Refrigeration Plant
- Ventilation Fans
Metering Dynamics has provided sub metering solutions for the measurement of electricity at shopping centres across Australia. We have worked directly with shopping centre management as well as with the companies who provide tenant billing services to ensure that the solutions we deliver meet the needs of those who are going to be using and referencing the system on a regular basis.
Metering Dynamics will also work directly with switchboard manufacturers to integrate our metering solutions into the switchboard prior to delivery to site, to reduce the amount of onsite work required.
From simple individual metering installations to complex multi meter, multi tenant, multi output networked solutions; Metering Dynamics has the flexibility to provide a solution that fits most scenarios.
One such example involved the installation of several hundred tenancy meters, replacing existing meters as part of a retro fit project, as well as adding new metering points as part of an expansion. These meters formed an embedded network which had to supply data to a billing agent, who was previously face reading the meters as well as supplying meter register information to the sites building management system.