Power to the people
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.