The SoloGrid lighthouse project showcases the effectiveness of the GridSense load management technology for a residential neighbourhood, the Riedholz pilot grid area, under real-life operation conditions, including a full-year measurement and analysis campaign. The effectiveness of the GridSense technology was validated by a mix of measurement and simulation data based performance analyses. Altogether more than 40 different full-year grid scenarios with future challenges (PV, heat pumps) as well as grid upgrade options (OLTC, conv. line upgrade) have been modelled, simulated and analysed. The validation shows that GridSense is effective in reducing local load demand as well as local production peaks and thereby significantly improving voltage quality in stressed low-voltage distribution grids. The GridSense load management solution has a similar or even slightly better grid-stabilizing effect than a comparable conventional grid upgrade and performs significantly better than today’s still dominating demand response technology – ripple control. It would indeed be conceivable that the GridSense solution could in the future become a better performing substitute for traditional ripple control technology.