Power to the peo­ple

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Jill Burgess

MEADOW Springs homes will be able to store and use their own power for $1 a day in a two-year trial an­nounced by WA En­ergy Min­is­ter Ben Wy­att.

It is Aus­tralia’s first trial to in­te­grate bulk bat­tery stor­age into the ex­ist­ing grid.

A 105kW Tesla bat­tery, owned and op­er­ated by West­ern Power and Syn­ergy and con­nected to the grid in Meadow Springs, will en­able house­holds with so­lar pan­els to max­imise their ex­ist­ing grid con­nec­tion.

It will be ac­cessed by 52 fam­i­lies cho­sen from 200 Meadow Springs house­holds in a mail-out.

Meadow Springs was cho­sen be­cause it has the high­est so­lar up­take in Aus­tralia, apart from a town in Queens­land.

The Pow­erBank trial is aimed at mak­ing bet­ter stor­age more ac­ces­si­ble and man­age­able.

It will be the first time in Aus­tralia that a util­i­tyscale bat­tery is in­te­grated into an al­ready es­tab­lished ma­jor met­ro­pol­i­tan net­work.

Cus­tomers in­volved in the trial will be able to store ex­cess power they gen­er­ate dur­ing the day in the bat­tery and use it dur­ing the peak evening pe­riod af­ter 3pm.

They will be able to use 8kW of the Pow­erBank bat­tery stor­age with­out hav­ing to pay up­front costs.

Par­tic­i­pants will be given greater ac­cess to their us­age pat­terns and daily stor­age data on­line via the Syn­ergy web­site.

They will still have a re­li­able power sup­ply from the West­ern Power grid on over­cast days.

Homes tak­ing part will not be locked into the pro­gram and can leave at any time.

Mr Wy­att said the trial had the po­ten­tial to rev­o­lu­tionise how en­ergy was sup­plied in WA.

En­ergy Min­is­ter Ben Wy­att, Man­durah MLA David Tem­ple­man and Mayor Rhys Williams at the launch of the power bat­tery.

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