Ensuring all stakeholders are on the same page from the outset is crucial to the success of every city project. That’s why we always start by consolidating what the city wants to achieve in a simple statement that everyone can get behind. We see the full picture: the city vision and social targets; the existing energy infrastructure; stakeholder roles and needs; and the future energy goals. We also begin exploring potential suppliers to learn how leading solutions can best be applied to meet the city’s goals. For each city that comes on board we create a SmartKlub city franchise led by a dedicated local sponsor. They bring their regional know-how and stakeholder contacts, while accessing our national supplier network, best practice, expert resources and collaboration platforms.
Working with stakeholders, we define and create projects that meet the energy needs of the city. We’re ambitious and supportive, but we also bring a pragmatic approach to the challenges, and to how the city and suppliers can best work together. We’re practical too, favouring fast, short projects that combine to make a big difference rather than grand plans that never get off the ground.
Matching cities and their energy needs with suppliers that best complement them is at the core of what we do. To do this effectively we work with all parties to help write tenders that meet city and supplier objectives, allowing cities to select their supply chains in a transparent and collaborative way.
We’re available to help every project through to delivery, ensuring continuity between previous and future projects. We help set up an ESCO (Energy Service Company), which provides front and back office services across cities to maximise economies of scale and share learnings. And it doesn’t stop there. Smart energy systems are all about building on previous projects, so the SmartKlub business model encourages follow-on projects as know-how and local capability grows to meet the city vision.