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Minister launches first community battery for the South West

Minister for Energy Bill Johnston released the following media statement today to announce the first community battery in the South West: 

The State Government and the City of Busselton today officially launched the South West’s first community battery storage system in Busselton.

The new utility-grade 464 kWh Tesla battery will improve power quality and help upgrade the electricity network in the Busselton region.

The rollout of community batteries is a key action of the Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap, which was released by Minister Johnston in April 2020. 

Integrating batteries into local communities improves Western Power’s ability to balance neighbourhood load profiles during the day and allows more homes to install solar panels.

Located on Shovelboard Way, the Busselton battery is the fifth Western Power community battery, of this size, to be installed in Western Australia. Other locations include Ellenbrook (Perth), Meadow Springs and Falcon (Mandurah), and Kalgoorlie.

Later this year, Synergy will offer eligible households the opportunity to store their excess solar energy in the community battery, allowing them to optimise their energy use without having to purchase their own household battery storage system.