SparkMeter was born out of a utility company. As a remote distributed microgrid operator, the utility was in search of a smart metering company specializing in remote monitoring, prepayment, and active load control. They were unable to find a cost-effective solution. Sensing a huge opportunity for a growing market, SparkMeter’s founders decided to spin out as a private company to solve the challenges rural utilities encounter at an affordable price point.

The solution.

SparkMeter’s mission is to increase access to electricity in hard-to-reach and underserved markets. They provide smart metering solutions tailored to rural and central utilities in emerging markets, where 2.1 billion people live without reliable electricity access. The simple plug-and-play solution enables utilities operating in remote locations to access a range of features – prepaid billing, customer communications, and remote monitoring and control – that improve their operations, reduce energy theft, improve reliability and achieve financial sustainability.

What makes them special?

  1. Versatility. The four meter models service residential, small- and medium-sized business, and line loss monitoring requirements.
  2. Singular focus on emerging markets. They intimately understand the challenges facing our customers. This informs everything from the low price point to the plug-and-play install that allows low-skill labor to install systems.
  3. Real-time remote monitoring. Grid operators can monitor their grid remotely through the cloud and also receive field alerts and reports based on real-time conditions.
  4. Robustness. SparkMeter has the most robust communications on the market through our proprietary wireless mesh network. This allows communications and operational flexibility.