Distributed energy resourcesProject Solar and Storage Trial at Alkimos Beach Residential Development
This Report provides a summary of the Synergy Alkimos Beach Energy Storage Trial including discussion on site selection and deployment of the battery, approvals and regulations, and products and tariff models.
From April 2016 to 31 May 2021, Synergy in collaboration with Alkimos Beach development partners Lendlease and DevelopmentWA, led a project to trial community-scale energy storage.
This project aimed to demonstrate the feasibility of a new energy servicing model that virtually connects individual household solar photovoltaic (PV) systems with a community-scale energy storage system. The trial took place in Alkimos Beach, a multi-award winning 6 Star Green Star residential community in Perth’s northern suburbs.
The Alkimos Beach Energy Storage Trial (ABEST) received $3.3 million in funding (gross of tax) from ARENA through its Advancing Renewables Program. Utilising energy storage technology at a residential community level makes this trial the first of its kind in Australia.