Is your solar export limited to below 2kW? Join our trial to export your excess power and help shape the future of Victoria’s electricity network.
By taking part in the trial, AusNet customers who currently have restricted export limits may be able receive up to 5kW flexible exports.
We’re seeking expressions of interest from residential solar customers to take part in a 12 month trial. To be eligible, you must:
Applications are open to customers or to solar installers to apply.
After record-breaking installations in 2020, 1 in 4 Australian homes now have rooftop solar. The energy being generated by this rapid uptake is placing stress on the network and an increasing number of customers are having their solar exporting capacity limited. By taking part in the trial, AusNet customers who currently have zero, or near zero, export limits may be able receive up to 5kW flexible exports.
The electricity network was designed over 100 years ago. It was built for a one-way flow to transport power into homes and businesses. Rooftop solar exports force a two-way flow which puts stress on the network and causes congestion. To keep our network stable, some customers in congested areas now have low or zero solar export limits. Flexible exports may provide an alternative to these restrictions.
Flexible exports are an alternative to fixed exports, which limit the amount of excess solar that you can export to the grid. Solar flexible exports allow network operators like us to monitor and adjust rooftop solar exports in real time. This method would provide more opportunity for Victorian solar customers to export their excess solar without putting pressure on the network.
This solar flexible exports trial will allow participating households to export up to 5kW of excess solar energy to the grid. Using smart solar inverters, we will balance your exports against local network supply and demand. By doing this, we can begin to reduce excess strain on the network.
We’re partnering with SA Power Networks to trial this approach with partial funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).