We believe that everyone can play a part in our energy future. Through innovative trials, we’re giving customers the chance to change how they generate and access energy.
This project is an innovative non-network solution that can reduce the network peak demand and improve both power quality and reliability. The final trial involved a hybrid solution of both a 1MW/1MWh battery and a 1MVA diesel generator due to the lower cost of diesel generation compared to increasing the battery storage capacity.
Electricity distribution networks and customers are increasingly interested in home energy storage battery systems. Adoption of grid-connected residential battery storage is still in the early stages; however, it is maturing rapidly. Storage systems are becoming readily available from solar installers and electricity retailers. The reduced cost of storage systems has also made it more affordable and accessible.
The aim of this trial was to provide a technically sound, economically rational and customer-centric solution.
The project brought together key players to:
The energy market is transforming. The growth in solar power, energy storage and smart control technology has the potential to change the way Victoria produces, uses and sells energy. To help us prepare for this future, we’re trialling Australia’s first mini-grid in an established community.
For more information, see Mooroolbark Community Mini Grid Project.
We’re trialling innovative technology to dynamically manage the network impact in response to a growing number of Australians adopting solar. The trial is in partnership with electricity distributor Jemena and the University of New South Wales and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
A successful trial enhances the performance of electricity networks to support increasing customer demand for home-grown solar energy.