YPE html PUBLIC “-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN” “http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd”> A couple of weeks ago, I took a look at a customer’s need to integrate his solar PV controller with his smart home system, and concluded that this industry needs to settle on standard protocols so systems can get smarter. That post drew some really interesting comments and suggestions for solutions – and while I haven’t changed my opinion that the industry falls far short of a plug-and-play solution for the “if there’s enough solar power, switch on the heater / pool pump”, it’s worth looking over what our readers suggested (the original comments are beneath the original post). Thanks to Mark A for pointing out Fronius gets pretty close to a plug-and-play solution: its inverters’ Energy Management feature has load diversion, and Mark told us that with a recent software update, the inverter can manage four digital outputs with selectable priority. However, the ability to integrate that with the smart home depends on support from the smart home vendors – or the user’s willingness to get into Fronius’ Application Programming I...