Ausgrid powers up the first of 400 community batteries

Ausgrid workers installing a green community battery (batteries arena)
Ausgrid workers installing a community battery

Ausgrid has delivered the first of six community batteries ahead of schedule, in collaboration with the federal government as part of the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen joined Ausgrid CEO Marc England and Member for Reid Sally Sitou to switch on the 412kWh community battery at Cabarita in Sydney on Friday, September 8.

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Minister Bowen said the battery would help residents store solar energy locally and reduce emissions.

“I’m delighted to launch the Albanese Government’s first Community Battery, which will help households access cleaner, cheaper energy and increase grid resilience,” he said.

Ausgrid CEO Marc England said the benefits of community batteries were immense.

“We estimate NSW consumers could save up to $20 billion if community batteries replaced half the expected home batteries, with the added benefits of continuing to put downward pressure on peak energy prices while maintaining grid stability,” England said.

“In addition, community batteries take advantage of our existing network infrastructure, speeding up installation time and reducing the need for expensive network augmentation.

“By 2030, with the right regulatory arrangements, we could deliver more than 1-2GW of storage, leading to increased electricity system security and reliability for our customers.”
We are excited and ready to make electricity accessible to everyone as we drive a net-zero future, including here in Cabarita.”

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To support its community battery roll out under the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program, Ausgrid will also be co-installing community-based renewable energy projects to further increase access to the renewable energy transition. This starts with a 42kW solar array on the Cabarita Swimming Centre, which is more than six times the size of an average household solar system.

The six Ausgrid community batteries are being rolled out across Sydney and the Central Coast, in Bondi, Cammeray, Narara, North Epping and Warriewood over the coming months.

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