Future Grid will trial what is expected to be the Northern Territory’s first Virtual Power Plant (VPP). The trial will look at how a VPP can help keep the grid stable while increasing the amount of clean energy in the Alice Springs power system.
What is a Virtual Power Plant?
A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is typically a collection of solar and battery storage systems that work together to provide a single source of energy.
VPPs use smart technology to control the energy flow to and from the grid on demand – benefitting the household, grid and the community!
Why Virtual Power Plants?
Solar power has become very popular in our town. However, on bright sunny days, when solar panels are generating lots of energy, it can create challenges in balancing the supply and demand in our grid.
Alice Springs Future Grid is exploring ways to store and distribute the power of the sun, including through our forthcoming Solar Connect VPP trial.
Use this link to download an Alice Springs Future Grid VPP Infosheet.
The Solar Connect trial
Solar Connect is a town-wide VPP and battery trial linking households via a Virtual Power Plant. Households in the VPP will share solar and battery power in ways that benefit the Alice Springs grid and form the next generation of more sustainable energy solutions.
In the battery trial, the VPP will time your battery to store energy when your panels are producing the most electricity and share it during peak demand. In return, you’ll get a competitive solar feed-in-tariff, and receive a monthly credit on your electricity bill.
In the solar PV only trial, households will share their energy data to assist with modelling and forecasts, and will also receive a monthly credit on their bill. Solar-powered households with and without batteries are encouraged to sign up.
Specific details of the trial offer will be detailed on this webpage shortly!