South Australians in public housing are being offered the chance to join a world-first program that provides them with a free home battery and slashes their electricity bills without needing to have a solar system installed on their roof.
South Australia is an international leader when it comes to the installation of roof top solar and home batteries and Phase 3 of the SA Virtual Power Plant (VPP) will see home batteries and solar systems installed in another 3000 supported properties, taking to 4,100 the total number of homes.
In addition to the 4,100 home batteries with solar, in a world first, 20 Housing SA residents will enjoy the cheaper electricity a battery in a VPP delivers without needing to have a solar system installed.
“This is revolutionary trial, which could be a game changer for the thousands of South Australians who can’t benefit from solar power, and the latest example of South Australia’s international leadership on home batteries,” said Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan.
“If successful, this trial could be extended to properties that are otherwise unable to host solar.
“29% of all home batteries installed in Australia last year were installed in South Australia, due to the programs run by the Marshall Government.
“Tesla will use the plentiful supply of renewable electricity generated by South Australian’s world-leading uptake of roof top solar to charge the batteries for the evening peak when the sun sets.”
Phase 3 is being delivered through $10 million from the Marshall Government, $8 million from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), $18 million from Tesla and a $30 million loan from the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC).
Minister for Energy and Mining Dan van Holst Pellekaan said, “the SA VPP and Home Battery Scheme have propelled South Australia to the highest per capita rollout of home batteries in the world.”
“South Australia is on track to achieve 100 per cent net-renewables by 2030 with the surge on household solar systems and home batteries making a significant contribution to that outcome.
“The Marshall Government is delivering cheaper and cleaner electricity to South Australian households and businesses through its sensible energy policies that are managing the transition to 100 per cent net-renewables by 2030.
“South Australia is heading to over 20,000 home batteries installed – growing even larger than the big battery at Hornsdale. South Australians are proud of leading the world with our carefully planned embrace of renewable energy and the Marshall Government’s policies are making power more secure, affordable and clean.”
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