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Solar and storage trial at Alkimos Beach residential development

  • $3.31m

    ARENA Funding

  • $6.71m

    Total Project Value

  • Project basics

    ARENA Program

    Emerging renewables

    Lead Organisation

    Synergy

    Start Date

    Aug 2014

    Project Partners

    Lend Lease Communities Pty Ltd

    Location

    Alkimos Beach, Western Australia

    Status

    Current

Project Basics

ARENA Program

Emerging renewables

Lead Organisation

Synergy

Start Date

Aug 2014

Project Partners

Lend Lease Communities Pty Ltd

Location

Alkimos Beach, Western Australia

Status

Current

This project involves developing, deploying and testing the commercial feasibility of a new energy retail model.

It will combine community scale battery storage, high penetration rooftop solar PV and energy management within a new residential development at Alkimos Beach, Western Australia.

Need

There are currently no existing tariffs to allow community energy storage to discharge into electricity networks.

There is also a need to better understand the electricity supply reliability provided by a combination of renewable energy generation and integration (enabling) products compared with traditional poles and wires.

Project innovation

The project will:

  • design, manufacture and install a fully contained lithium ion energy storage system of approximately 250 kW peak / 1.1 MWh;
  • install an Energy Smart Home Package in at least 100 homes; and
  • develop and test at least three new electricity retail products.

The new energy retail model will demonstrate how critical integration (enabling) technologies can be commercially supported by innovative products and services to unlock additional value from rooftop solar PV for consumers, land developers, electricity retailers and network operators.

The trial also aims to address potential caps on PV hosting capacity on local electricity network by network operators in Western Australia.

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Benefit

The project will demonstrate how to integrate, operate and manage integration (enabling) technologies with high levels of solar PV in an Australian metropolitan suburb.

A centralised battery will provide customers with the benefits and incentives of stand-alone storage without requiring on-site installation and maintenance.

The project will also provide valuable insights into:

  • performance data from large distribution battery within the network;
  • performance data relating to peak load reduction resulting from battery installation; and
  • customer responses to renewable energy and storage in comparison to non-participating households.

More information

Transcript – 13 April 2016: ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht addressing press conference at Alkimos Beach
Media release – 13 April 2016: Proving the case for solar and storage suburbs
Media release – 17 March 2015: Residential rooftop solar with battery storage a step closer
Synergy media release – 17 March 2015: Synergy leading energy storage trial

Contact information

Alex Uchanski, Project Manager

+61 (08) 6282 7212

energystoragetrial@synergy.net.au