VIRTUAL POWER PLANT ROLLS OUT TO 1000 MORE HOMES
Tesla with support from the South Australian Government is developing a network of up to 50,000 home solar PV and Powerwall battery systems across South Australia – all working together to form the world’s largest virtual power plant.
The new virtual power plant of potentially 250 megawatts, is designed to:
- lower energy prices
- increase grid stability
- provide protection during a grid outage
- increase customers’ visibility of their energy use
- support South Australia’s transition to a renewables-based economy.
Beginning with trial phases involving 1,100 SA Housing Trust properties, home energy systems – each comprising a 5kW solar PV system, 5kW/13.5kWh Tesla Powerwall battery and a smart meter – are being installed at participating households.
Phase I has been delivered as planned, with 100 home energy systems successfully installed on SA Housing Trust properties.
Now, we are installing home energy systems on another 1,000 SA Housing Trust properties.
As part of Phase II, we are also excited to announce energy retailer Energy Locals has been selected by Tesla and the South Australian Government as the official Phase II retail partner.
All households participating in the trial will enjoy the exclusive VPP Program Offer which is currently the best electricity retail offer available in South Australia.
Phase II will test the systems operating together as a virtual power plant and their ability to generate the additional energy to provide the same Program Offer to an extra 320 Housing Trust households.
The participation of households without home energy systems will help us to demonstrate the viability of the project in reducing energy prices for all SA Housing Trust tenants and, eventually, other residents across the state.
Subject to the trials’ success, program financing, and the satisfaction of both Tesla and the government in the final program design, the full program could be rolled out to 24,000 more public housing properties and 25,000 private properties from mid-2019.
Since its launch, the program has received more than 37,000 online registrations of interest. If you are interested in participating in the project or receiving news and updates, please register your interest at the top of the page.