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.
Home energy storage based on battery systems has recently emerged as a technology of interest to both electricity customers and electricity distribution networks. Although the market for grid-connected residential battery storage can still be considered to be at an early-adopter stage, it is maturing rapidly. Storage systems are becoming more readily available through suppliers such as solar installers and electricity retailers, and prices have been declining.
The aim of the trial was to provide a technically sound, economically rational and customer centric solution. The project brought together the key players needed to create change allowing them to: build social networks, create a shared understanding of visions and expectations and develop learning processes.
Australia is in the midst of an energy revolution. The growth in solar power, energy storage and smart control technology has the potential to change the way our society produces, uses and sells energy. To help us prepare for this future, AusNet Services is trialling Australia’s first mini grid in an established community.
AusNet Services is trialling innovative technology to dynamically manage the network impact of Australia’s rapidly growing home solar take-up. The Creating Solar Friendly Neighbourhoods trial is a partnership with fellow Victorian electricity distributor Jemena and the University of New South Wales and supported by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA). If successful, the trial could significantly enhance the ability of electricity networks to respond to customer demand for more home-grown solar power.