Battery storageProject Tesla Virtual Power Plant
This Lessons Learnt Report looks at the first two milestone periods for the project and discusses lessons related to financing Virtual Power Plants, battery deployment, retail sign-ups, and group metering.
Tesla Motors Australia, Pty. Ltd. (Tesla) is pleased to release the first milestone report of Phase 3A of our flagship virtual power plant (VPP) project, the South Australia Virtual Power Plant (SAVPP). This report is provided following the installation of the first 500 Phase 3A systems on SA Housing Authority (SAHA) properties in South Australia.
A VPP is a network of distributed energy resources – such as residential properties with solar and battery systems – working together as a single power plant. The SAVPP provides SAHA tenants with reduced electricity rates by maximising the market revenues of the VPP. Tesla have developed sophisticated software to orchestrate the output of VPP systems exporting to energy markets when prices are high, importing during periods of excess solar generation and aggregating systems to provide critical system security services.
The SAVPP will comprise of up to 50,000 solar and Tesla Powerwall home battery systems across public and private residences in South Australia, forming Australia’s largest VPP, and is being deployed in distinct Phases.