Two Charlottesville companies are partnering to grow their business and raise the city’s profile as a hub for the renewable energy industry. Sigora Solar’s residential customers will receive a free Lumin Smart Panel, a device that allows residents to remotely control appliances and analyze their energy usage and bills. By pairing the solar panels with a smart panel, consumers are able to turn circuits on and off from their computer, smartphone or tablet. “The traditional energy economy is changing,” said Lumin co-founder Kevin O’Shea. “What we will see over the next 50 to 100 years is a distributed energy economy [based on] local energy generation and storage. That wave is coming. It’s in its infancy, and it will soon be a tsunami.” Read more here.