SIMON Corbell says battery storage has been made more attainable for Canberrans with three companies awarded $200,000 each to install discounted battery storage in the ACT.
“I am delighted to announce that SolarHub, ActewAGL Retail and ITP Renewables are the winners of the ACT’s $600,000 Next Generation Energy Storage Pilot, which will make battery storage more affordable for Canberrans, test the market and provide valuable information on industry viability at this time,” Simon said.
“The companies were chosen using a competitive grants process, which drew keen pricing for the supply of batteries. With each company receiving $900 for each kW of sustained peak output that the battery provides the government expects approximately 200 battery systems to be installed.
“This would equate to a discount of $2,700 for homeowners on a battery that can provide 3kW of sustained peak output.
“The pilot will inform future auctions for distributed energy storage with the ACT Government set to support 36 megawatts of energy storage to be rolled out across more than 5000 Canberra homes and businesses between 2016 and 2020.
“By committing to support battery storage in this early stage of its entry into the market we want to open the door for the ACT to lead research into high-penetration renewables and attract international and national companies and research leaders into this developing space.
“Locally distributed storage has a number of benefits, such as situations where it can be directed to specific locations to overcome network constraints and the avoidance of costly network investment.
“Getting involved with batteries at this early stage makes good business sense by encouraging start-ups and other industry participants to consider moving to the ACT where a concentration of industry know-how will make businesses more viable.
“Households and businesses interested in installing a discounted battery storage system should contact the grant winners directly.”
ActewAGL Retail will work with local electrical contractors to install Panasonic batteries in Canberra households. ActewAGL will also install an energy monitoring system so households can optimise their electricity consumption from either the grid, solar system or the battery. ActewAGL and Panasonic are also evaluating further opportunities for local renewable research projects.
ITP Renewables is a local renewable energy consulting and project engineering firm, with experience in inspecting residential solar for the Clean Energy Regulator and connecting batteries to the ACT network through their CIT battery test lab project. ITP Renewables will install LG Chem batteries in households, with some commercial installations also targeted.
SolarHub is an experienced solar company, who will offer Tesla Energy and LG Chem storage solutions to the ACT residential market, including the network constrained Mologolo Valley. SolarHub will work with Canberra start-up Reposit, and retailer Simply Energy, to allow households to sell electricity from their batteries back into the grid.