Metris Energy, the first AI-powered solar energy platform for commercial property owners, today announced it has raised £2 million in a Pre-Seed funding round led by Octopus Ventures and Aenu VC to transform how property owners assess, install, and monetise solar energy within their portfolios.
Metris is the first AI-powered "solar economy" platform created to help commercial real estate owners overcome this hurdle and reap the rewards of solar energy adoption, improved energy resilience and tighter energy security.
Co-founded by ex-Octopus VC Natasha Jones and software engineer and serial startup founder William Whatley, Metris has created an end-to-end software solution which streamlines and automates the solar energy transition for commercial property owners and enables them to monetise their solar energy whilst cutting carbon emissions.
The Metris platform guides property owners through the entire solar journey, from the initial assessment to installation and ongoing energy management.
The platform uses AI to generate comprehensive portfolio assessments and calculate the financial benefits of solar energy adoption in minutes rather than days. It also reduces the administrative burden of selling solar energy to tenants by digitising and automating contracts.
Metris' AI-powered software has already assessed over £2bn worth of commercial real estate.
Natasha Jones, co-founder at Metris, comments:
"We're at the forefront of the decentralised energy revolution, driving the adoption of solar within commercial real estate, and we're excited to be joined by expert investors to supercharge our mission to turn every building into a power plant."
Fabian Heilemann, founder & CEO of AENU, comments:
"Operational energy use of buildings accounts for ca. 30 percent of global energy-related CO2 emissions.
Metris Energy is uniquely positioned to provide end-to-end solar operations for commercial buildings by offering everything from property selection and installation to tenant onboarding, billing and payments."
Hope Johnson, an investor at Octopus Ventures, comments:
"Natasha and Will are helping commercial property owners reduce their carbon footprint, improve the energy efficiency of their properties, and accelerate the UK towards the large and legally binding commitments that have been made to Net Zero targets."
With this injection of funding, Metris will launch its end-to-end commercial solar platform in the UK this month. This includes launching its AI-powered portfolio assessment tool for commercial real estate owners and its billing & payments solution.
Lead image: Metris co-founders William Whatley and Natasha Jones. Photo uncredited.