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Community batteries for solar energy storage

Storing your excess solar energy

What if you could put electricity away in a safe place until it’s needed, just like you deposit money in a bank?

Ta-da! You can, and it comes in the form of battery storage systems.

A community battery is a large-scale energy storage system, which can provide an additional power supply to households and residents.

The battery converts electrical energy into chemical energy, and then changes back to electricity when it’s needed.

Watch the video to find out how...

How do shared community batteries work?

A large scale battery is placed within a neighbourhood, which allows a group of properties living in that community to own a share of the battery.

Any excess energy generated from rooftop solar panels feeds into this battery. During peak periods, households can draw on this energy as needed, with any surplus going back into the network.

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What makes it so appealing?

Some of the benefits of community batteries include:

  • they can help balance electricity supply and smooth out the power distribution
  • they can be used as a backup power supply, which will assist when there is a fault on the main electricity network, power disruptions due to severe weather, or as part of an independent microgrid
  • they can reduce the high cost of upgrading existing power infrastructure, in areas that have increasing loads during peak demand hours
  • they can help reduce your electricity bill and generate revenue at the same time.

We are currently trialling shared, community batteries in Falcon and Meadow Springs, near Mandurah and Ellenbrook. The trials of these shared community batteries, known as PowerBanks are managed in partnership with Synergy.

Community batteries - the PowerBank trials

In conjunction with Synergy, the community battery PowerBank projects across Perth will provide an alternative energy storage option for trial participants.

These PowerBanks use Tesla battery technology. Most batteries are made of lithium ion, with entrepreneurs like Elon Musk (Tesla's founder) leading the way in new lithium ion battery technology and the future of electric vehicles.

Watch the video to find out about our latest community battery PowerBank trial in Ellenbrook.

Read more about our PowerBank projects here....