ARENA is allocating a total of $12.5 million to activities focused on Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Funding will be split across two streams.
This round has now closed.
ARENA is no longer accepting EOIs.
Funding stream information
|Funding Announcement A – Distributed Energy Resources
Demonstration projects improving network hosting capacity of DER (PDF 145KB) (DOCX 54KB)
These projects will help demonstrate new ways to understand and manage the impacts of high DER penetration in different parts of the distribution network. This will allow networks to connect more DER (such as rooftop solar PV) while reducing costs and operating within the technical limits of the power system.
|Funding Announcement B – Distributed Energy Resources
Studies contributing to improved integration of DER (PDF 139KB) (DOCX 346KB)
These studies will help startups, networks, retailers, government and system operators develop solutions to address the technical, regulatory and commercial challenges of managing a grid with a high penetration of DER.
- EOIs open 15 March 2018.
- EOIs for Funding Announcement A close 7 May 2018.
- EOIs for Funding Announcement B close 16 April 2018.
- Webinar for prospective applicants Wednesday 21 March at 1pm – 2pm.
Application guidance documents
Use these documents to assist with your application
- Returnable Schedule (PDF 422KB) | (DOCX 245KB)
- Budget and Funding Sources form (XLSX 51KB) | (PDF 48KB)
- Compliance table template (PDF 66KB) | (DOCX 142KB)
- Declaration of Compliance for Construction Activity template (PDF 118KB) | (DOCX 98KB)
- Intellectual Property Management Plan template (PDF 79KB) | (DOCX 57KB)
- Knowledge Sharing Plan template (PDF 380KB) | (DOCX 244KB)
- Risk Management Plan template (PDF 187KB) | (DOCX 78KB)
- ARP Funding Guidelines (PDF 2MB)
- DER FAQs (PDF 157KB) (DOCX 347KB)
- ARENA Variation Policy (PDF 89KB) | (DOCX 65KB)
- DER Funding Announcements Information Slides (PDF 944KB)
- Estimating costs of electricity (PDF 161KB) | (DOCX 114KB)
- Technology Readiness Level (PDF 150KB) | (DOCX 114KB)
- ARENA Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) Method and Guidance (Final Draft, PDF 1MB)
- Knowledge Sharing Plan guidance (PDF 114KB)
DER can include behind the meter renewable and non-renewable generation, energy storage, electric vehicles and other controllable loads as well as enabling technologies (eg smart meters, inverters, device controllers and data services).
The increasing penetration of DER on the grid creates opportunities and risks for the power system and its participants. Optimising DER investment can reduce the need for investment in neworks and large-scale generation, and therefore costs for energy users. However, DERs have typically been operated for the benefit of the individual consumer, with limited coordination to deliver system benefits (hot water systems which take advantage of off-peak electricity are one exception). There is considerable interest from the market operator, networks, consumers, retailers and government in understanding how to capture additional value from DERs, and how to manage the electricity system with increasing shares.
The amount of DER that can be connected to a distribution network while the network remains within its technical limits is called its ‘hosting capacity’. Understanding how to manage high shares of DER (especially rooftop solar photovoltaics) is vital to ensure Australian consumers and energy market participants can capture the rewards of ever-cheaper solar energy.
The ability to coordinate lots of DER – known as orchestration – could potentially allow consumers and businesses to supply energy for use by others, help manage the electricity network and maintain the electricity system in a secure operating state. Orchestrating DER can also help the transition to a secure and reliable grid with a high share of renewable electricity.