Friday, 04 September 2020 12:33

ARENA gives $8.2 million in funds to Tesla for residential battery deployments trial

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The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has allocated $8.2 million in funding to Tesla Motors Australia to trial the deployment of residential battery and rooftop solar systems at 3000 properties owned by Housing SA across Adelaide.

The funding wil be used by Tesla to install 5 kW of rooftop solar and a 13.5 kWh Powerwall battery system at each property, at no cost to the tenant - with the system proviing approximately 80% of average household energy use.

ARENA says that together with 1100 systems already installed in a previous phase, the combined 20 MW / 54 MWh of residential energy storage will be used by Tesla in a centrally controlled VPP trial.

Housing SA tenants involved in the trial, like other renters, are usually locked out of being able to benefit from renewable energy, and ARENA says that the tenants will benefit from cheaper household electricity bills, with the project offering electricity rates 22% lower than the default market offer.

A VPP is a centrally-managed network of battery systems installed behind-the-meter that can be collectively controlled to deliver benefits to households, energy retailers and the local network.

ARENA announced on Friday that the $60.6 million SA VPP is also supported by $10 million from the South Australian Government’s Grid Scale Storage Fund in ongoing payments, $30 million debt finance from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and an $18 million equity contribution from Tesla.

“With the support of the SA Government, Tesla has previously installed 1100 solar and battery systems. This next phase of deployment supports Tesla’s ambition to create the world’s largest VPP comprising 50,000 solar and storage systems across both social housing and private dwellings,” ARENA said in a statement.

“The 3000 additional systems will also participate in AEMO’s VPP trial to provide a range of grid stability services by exporting excess energy to the National Electricity Market.”

Previously, ARENA has supported VPP projects in South Australia led by AGL and Simply Energy.

ARENA CEO Darren Miller said this was the next step towards the commercialisation of VPPs.

“This project represents a significant step towards a technology and commercial model for battery and solar that requires no upfront cost or risk to the customer. Another benefit of this approach is that it is open to households that otherwise wouldn’t have access to renewable energy options,” he said.

With more than 2.5 million households already owning rooftop solar and more than 60,000 home battery storage systems already installed in Australia, Miller said VPPs would be important to Australia’s future energy security and reliability.

“As rooftop solar and home battery storage increases in Australia in the coming decades, virtual power plants potentially have an important role to play in harnessing distributed energy in a way that maximises the benefit to the customer as well as the electricity system as a whole.

“By supporting this pioneering project, ARENA is excited to help support the evolution of virtual power plants that can provide dispatchable power and essential grid stability powered by clean energy technology, at scale,” Miller concluded.


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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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