The Western Australian State Government has announced the start of a groundbreaking energy storage trial for residents of Alkimos Beach in Western Australia. Participating customers of the trial are predicted to save at least 15 per cent on their electricity bills. The trial is hoped to attract further investment and create opportunities for residential developers to adopt similar solar and battery storage models on new projects.
The four-year Alkimos Beach energy storage trial will cost $6.7 million and will examine battery storage and energy efficiency. Partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), it is a collaboration between Synergy and development partners LandCorp and Lendlease. The trial aims to provide insights into the benefits of integrating solar generation, energy storage and dispatch into a traditional electricity network.
It includes the installation of a 1.1 megawatt-hour energy storage facility; rebates for solar panels; hot water system and energy-efficient appliances; in-home energy monitoring and variable price plan with reduced rates for network electricity.
The trial could change energy infrastructure design in future urban developments
The trial supports the vision of creating environmentally conscious and sustainable communities by demonstrating successful collaborations between public and private organisations and the Government's commitment to deliver communities of the future," said Energy Minister Nahan.
The new energy retail model will demonstrate how critical enabling technologies can be commercially supported by innovative products and services. The trial also aims to address potential capping of PV hosting capacity on local electricity network by network operators in Western Australia.
Synergy is proud to be Western Australia's largest provider of gas and electricity to more than one million residential, business and industry customers. Synergy is owned by the Government of Western Australia and represented by the Minister for Energy.
LandCorp is a land and property delivery agency who identify, design and implement a range of diverse commercial projects and is a leader in land and infrastructure development across Western Australia on behalf of the West Australian Government.
Lendlease is one of the world's leading fully integrated property and infrastructure solutions providers. Lendlease have been creating large-scale, master planned urban communities in Australia for more than 50 years.
ARENA is a commercially orientated agency who improve competitiveness of renewable energy technologies and increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.
Australian solar pioneer forges ahead with global technology
A ground-breaking, Australian technology able to produce low-cost renewable energy is set to continue its journey to commercialisation with new funding from ARENA. They are providing Victorian company RayGen with a $2.9 million recoupable grant towards a $5.8 million project aimed at developing a utility-scale solar system utilising its PV Ultra technology.
Based in Melbourne, RayGen develop low cost energy generation technology. In 2014, the company won the grand prize at the prestigious CleanTech Cluster Association Awards held in Switzerland.
Solar photovoltaic (PV) Ultra differs from typical large-scale arrays as it relies on low-cost mirrors to track and reflect the sun onto photovoltaic cells in a central receiver located at the top of a mast.
The Ultra system is inexpensive compared to the costs faced by other solar technologies and is effective in locations with strong direct sunlight. The project will also enable RayGen to increase its manufacturing capacity and potentially develop the product for the lucrative overseas market.
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