About Smart Fintry

The project was run within the Stirlingshire village of Fintry (population c. 700 people) for the best part of two years, completing in March 2018. It was broken into four main chunks with a stage gate review at the end of each.

The first stage was preparing the project to start delivery.

Sign-up day at Fintry Sports Club
Sign-up day at Fintry Sports Club

The second stage was getting everything ready for the installation of the smart meters and the heat pumps. A new local tariff was devised by the project partner, Good Energy. This second stage included a target of 100 households signed-up to this tariff by the end of October. This was achieved though, for technical reasons, only 83 households were actually able to take part.

The third stage was installing the smart meters and all the necessary communications links to make the data gathering feasible. The smart meters, with the ability to provide near real time data, will be an enhancement on the SMETS meters proposed by the UK Smart Meter programme. Although there are still a few meters to install, this stage completed at the end of March 2017.

The fourth stage, lasting until March 2018, expanded the project to include more households and started to see what was possible with the data we gathered. This stage also included pulling together all the strands and findings of the project into a final report.