2 – Preparing your project proposal (in Retail Stores)


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Step-by-step procedures for monitoring and benchmarking of HVAC, lighting and power outlets within/across stores.


At this stage you have gathered information about the store’s electrical setup, and whether you can use the store’s Internet to transmit the readings to the online dashboard, see Stage 1 – Gathering information for your project proposal (in Retail Stores).

This second posts shows you how to use those insights to understand how you can measure the energy used by HVAC, lighting and power circuits, and how to translate this into the project proposal.

1 – Gathering information for your project proposal (in Retail Stores)
2 – Preparing your project proposal
3 – Preparing your quote
4 – Preparing your installation
5 – How to install your metering equipment


A real-world example is used to explain how electrical diagrams must be processed to produce the project proposal. The same procedure must be repeated for each new installation.


Your starting point: the store’s electrical diagram

Step 1: Search for the master sheet

Your electrical diagram will likely have many sheets, and you must look for the sheet showing where the store gets its power from (Landlord Board or Power Company connection), this is your starting point.

In this example, you can see a sheet showing connections with the Landlord meter room and the Landlord MCCB distribution board. This is the sheet you are interested in.

Locate the sheet showing where the store gets its power from

Step 2: Identify the type of electrical system

You will generally get information on the type of electrical system used within the store looking at electrical connections on the electrical diagram. This is very important, because it can vary from store to store even in the same country (Wye or Delta). In this example, the sheet shows 4PN, meaning a 4-wire 3-phase + neutral line Wye system.

Identify how your meter must be configured and wired (e.g. for 4-wire 3-phase + neutral line Wye system)
IMPORTANT: If the type of electrical system is not visible on the electrical diagram please provide photos of the inside of one of the distribution boards, which will allow Wattics to confirm the electrical system type (e.g. 3-phase + Neutral + Ground below).


Step 3: Note the circuits specifications

Finding breaker size information will allow you to specify CTs with the correct primary AMP ratings (e.g. 300A CT for a circuit with a 300A MCB). The size of the cables is also generally indicated, e.g. 95mm2, which will allow you to specify CTs with the correct window size (hole diameter in mm2, inches or centimeters).

Specify the CTs you will need (e.g. 95mm2 300A CTs and 25mm2 100A CTs)

Step 4: Identify existing metering infrastructure

Diagrams often show Utility meters or meters deployed for previous sub-metering applications. Utility meters will typically be used for billing purposes and are a good indication of the circuits that must be monitored to compute the total energy use of the store. For instance the photo below shows that two Utility meters are deployed for the store, meaning that the total store energy consumption is the sum of both circuits.

Submeters are less relevant but they may in some occasion be integrated to the monitoring system. You specify their brand & model as part of the project proposal to allow Wattics to confirm that integration is possible.


Step 5: Locate the circuits you are interested in

Your goal is to find the circuits powering up HVAC, Lighting and Power outlets. For that, you must look at the distribution board(s) directly fed from the Landlord room or Power Company.

The screenshot below show DB-M1, which is directly fed from the Landlord room. DB-M1 feeds DB-1AC, DB-2AC, DB-1P and DB-2P through 100A 4PN and 75A 4PN circuits, respectively. This tells you that you can monitor the HVAC (AC) and power outlet (P) circuits with 4 sets of CTs, each set made of 3 x CTs (one for each phase). The same analysis of DB-M2 fed from the Landlord room too would show that the lighting (L) circuits of the store are powered through DB-1L and DB-2L via 75A 4PN circuits. This tells you can monitor the lighting circuits with another two sets of CTs. Other connections are spare (not used).

Identify which and how many circuits you must monitor
The electrical diagram also tells you whether you will measure the total energy use by monitoring the power outlets, HVAC and lighting circuits individually. In this example, no other circuits are fed from the DB-M1 and DB-M2 boards, so the total energy use can be computed by adding the energy use of all the circuits monitored.


Step 6: Check the location of the boards

You must finally check the location of the boards and circuits you plan on monitoring. This is generally indicated on the wiring sheet. Knowing this allows you to decide if one meter can be used to monitor circuits on multiple boards, should the boards be in the same room, or if separate meters must be used for each board.

All circuits are located in the same room – one meter is sufficient
This information also allows you to specify one or multiple GPRS/3G Routers should the customer’s Internet not be available.


The project proposal

The project proposal becomes very easy once the electrical setup is clarified. You have identified which circuits must be monitored, their ratings and their location. The electrical installation used to illustrate this post would require the following metering equipment:

  • 1 x 6-channel meter (4 circuits for DB-M1 + 2 circuits for DB-M2)
  • 6 x 35mm2 100A CTs
  • 12 x 25mm2 75A CTs
  • Long CT cables to reach the two DB-M boards with one meter

The meters must be configured and wired for a 4-wire 3-phase Wye system.


The proposed 6-point metering setup

That’s it, you’ve got your project proposal, and you can now move to 3 – Preparing your quote.



Please contact us at support@wattics.com if you need any clarification on the steps outlined.


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Anthony Schoofs

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Anthony drives Wattics' innovation on energy efficiency for industrial and grid environments. Anthony is also behind WSNbuzz.com, a blog covering technology advances within the smart grid and IoT markets, and was listed in 2011 amongst the top 100 IoT thinkers. Anthony was recently awarded the Globe Sustainability Research Award for his contribution to advancing knowledge on sustainability.