Federal funding drives virtual storage trial in Alkimos

The Coalition Government is providing $3.3 million funding to support the $6.7 million Alkimos Beach residential storage trial which combines community-scale battery energy storage and solar and could save participants 15 per cent or more on their electricity bills.

Federal Member for Pearce, Christian Porter joined Minister for the Environment, the Hon Greg Hunt MP, WA Minister for Energy Mike Nahan, ARENA CEO Ivor Frischknecht and Synergy CEO Jason Waters in Alkimos Beach on Thursday to announce the start of the innovative residential battery storage trial.

“I am pleased that Alkimos Beach has been chosen as a site for this groundbreaking trial,” Mr Porter said.

“Alkimos Beach residents will benefit by being able to manage and possibly reduce their energy bills, become more energy efficient and contribute to community sustainability.

“This trial supports the Coalition Government’s vision for creating environmentally conscious and sustainable communities.

“The scale of the trial is the first of its kind in Australia, utilising energy storage technology at the residential community level.”

The residents taking part in this trial will get to experience ‘virtual’ energy storage via a 1.1 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery storage system connected to the electricity grid.  The battery storage system is housed in two shipping containers instead of batteries being installed in homes.

The trial is scheduled to run from 2016 to 2020.

More information on this trial can be found at
http://arena.gov.au/project/solar-and-storage-trial-at-alkimos-beach-residential-development/