About

Potluck Energy

Potluck Energy is a roof management company that leverages a proprietary sensors system and machine learning to help commercial/multi-unit property owners prevent roof leaks and monetize roof space via distributed solar.

Potluck Energy was born to open up roof space to solar energy and other applications by eliminating the barriers real estate owners face in hosting it.

After years of research and work in this industry, we found that a common root is behind all three problems - the underlying infrastructure was built for a different system and architecture. Whether you look at how a roof is conceived and constructed, or at how the electric substations work, you notice fundamental barriers to the spread of solar energy. While the easiest way would be to redesign the grid system and to re-invent the roofing industry, the reality is that any change of this magnitude would take a prohibitive amount of time. We think that the solution is a new kind of distributed solar energy

Potluck Energy systems combine:

  • Roof / outdoor space management technology - rapidly developing sensors and machine learning capability allow to safely install solar PV, while reducing the risk of roof leaks and structural damages
  • Virtual net metering, also known as community solar - this billing mechanism allows anyone to receive net metering credits from a solar installation, while removing large expenses upfront
  • Data and battery technology - whether at substation or at building level, batteries allow to smooth and ramp up or down intermittent production of electricity; on the other hand, data on consumption and production allow to place solar energy installations in the best possible place on the grid

Potluck Energy's mission is to combine and advance solutions in each of the three areas at the same time. Community solar on large roofs, combined with roof management and battery / data technology, can become the most disruptive form of energy ever invented and transform the way we produce and consume energy.

By doing so, we believe we will unlock the value hidden in roof and outdoor spaces. We turn a potential liability into an asset by taking care of the maintenance and by generating rent cash-flows from it. We employ advanced screening and sensors to monitor and prevent leaks, and we select the best possible application for each roof by setting up auctions.