What is the cost of a HAN
A HAN has to be seen as a scalable, flexible open energy management & communication platform. That means the consumer may chose platform’s degree of complexity, offered features and level of automation.
The lowest HAN platform is used as a communication device. This device provides basic information to the customer -- how much energy is being consumed and at what expense. The question that immediately comes to mind is what the value of this information is, and what does it cost the utility to provide this information? These small display devices are being presented at a price range of $80 to $160 per unit per home to deploy. The HAN device needs to be placed within a specific range so that it can communicate to the electric meter, which in this case is the broadcaster of the information (no measurement sensors). It calls “Mirror of Smart Meter” This kind of information could even be reached over IP from energy providers free of charge, i.e. no big investment!
At the highest end a HAN unit acts as a demand side manager (DSM) device to shed load at peak load periods. It controls all major home appliances and HVAC (smart thermostats). It could interactively communicate with consumers, give alarms and warnings when something goes wrong. Including installation and setup, the cost of such device come from >$500 to $2000 based on the system’s complexity, perimeter area, number/type of control sensors, etc.