Distributed energy resourcesProject DER 2.0: Customer Focused Design for DER Participation
The first of three Knowledge Sharing Reports from UPowr’s DER 2.0 project, which aims to understand how customers can be used to reshape DER orchestration program design to increase participation.
Disruption rarely occurs without challenge. The uptake of rooftop solar across 2.7 million homes in Australia, while fundamentally a positive change, has brought numerous challenges to the way in which the energy grid and broader system operates. In lieu of turning to options that restrict, control and reduce the value of the customer owned solar systems, orchestrated battery systems can provide an alternative solution.
Unfortunately, both the uptake of home battery systems and the participation in orchestration programs has been lower than required for their value in addressing the current solar challenges to be effective. To safeguard the investment in solar made by households around Australia, and ensure that customers are incentivised to continue playing a key role in the evolution of Australia’s energy system – we need to increase the uptake of orchestrated battery systems in existing solar households.