First batteries installed in Australian 5 MW virtual power plant

With support from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), homes in South Australia´s capital Adelaide have now started receiving the first battery installations as part of AGL Energy Limited’s (AGL) virtual power plant trial. Each household battery can be connected to each other through a cloud based platform using smart controls. When complete, this connected system will be able to operate as a 5 MW solar plant, powering hundreds of local homes, says ARENA´s CEO Ivor Frischknecht. »Storing and delivering energy at individual houses means power is available very close to where it’s being used,« and »households can now use power from the sun, captured and stored from their own roofs.«
AGL’s first release of 150 batteries has sold out, the company announced the second release of batteries ahead of schedule to be installed in early 2017. ARENA is providing AUD 5 million (USD 3,7 million) towards the AUD 20 million project.

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