Energy management firm Landis+Gyr has signed an agreement with Brazilian electricity utility Light to implement the South Americas largest smart grid project. Under the R$750m ($313m) five-year contract, the Landis+Gyr will supply, implement, operate and maintain Landis+Gyr's Gridstream smart grid solution for Light in Brazil.
The two firms will also deploy 1.1 million endpoints, which include advanced SGP+M anti-tampering meters and automation of power vaults and reclosers, as part of the agreement. The contract is part of Light's aim to enhance the efficiency and reliability of its electricity grid.
In addition to enhancing measurement and automated management functions on a single secure platform, the Gridstream network will facilitate adoption of electric vehicles and wind and solar micro-generation technologies. The project will enable Light to take advantage of enhanced monitoring and control points throughout its network while reducing commercial losses.
Light, through the project, can also provide greater pricing options and more information to its customers on the energy consumption patterns, thereby helping consumers to manage their usage more efficiently. Light president Paulo Roberto Pinto said: "The goal of Light is to provide an intelligent electricity network to 1.6 million consumers, equivalent to around 40% of our total customer by 2018."
Landis+Gyr South America general director Marcelo Machado said: "This is the first step in an ambitious expansion plan to grow Landis+Gyr's reach across South America."
Source: Energy Business Review
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