In Thailand and Southeast Asia, there are many people who want to get their home powered by solar in addition to having only to buy electricity from the utilities. However many people do not know about technical, financial options, and don't know whether it's worth it to have solar rooftrop installed. In addition, many utilities also have technical and non-technical issues to deal with about residential solar rooftop installers who do not notify them. The problems such as overvoltage, imbalance, or revenue losses are the hot topics for them nowadays.
What it does
Solar Monkey is our personal assistant to get home solar - we offer free service to help you get home solar powered just in 4 steps.
How we built it
we built a mobile app using react native connects to the cloud on Microsoft Azure. We also have portals for an electric utilities, vendors, and financial institutes to get involve in the processes.
Challenges we ran into
The challenges we faced mostly are to develop a working prototype mobile app and integrate with the software backend on the cloud within one and a half day. We try to pull it off so that we can show the judges what we can do the bese in limited time. In addition, implementing algorithm with mobile app and software backend is also another challenge we have to cope with.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
After almost 2 days since Friday, we are really proud what we have now: a working mobile app, REST API server backend run on the Microsoft Azure Cloud
What we learned
Here are what we have learned during this competition
- we learned how to work under stress and as a team to get things done quickly
- we learned how to implement energy algorithms in the mobile app and cloud backend
- we learned and exchange knowledge and ideas from the other teams
What's next for Solar Monkey
We are looking for $30,000 funding to spend on product development and doing marketing so that we can launch our mobile app on the market by the end of this year.