Enova Community Energy’s first shared community battery will be a 1.072 megawatt Tesla Megapack, to be installed at the Ausgrid substation in Heddon Gretta, on the outskirts of Kurri Kurri, in the Hunter Region of NSW.
Enova Community Energy CEO Felicity Stening said, “We’re excited to be using a Tesla battery for The Beehive Project, a world-renowned company delivering proven big battery technology. We expect Megapack – our Queen Bee – to be on the ground in Heddon Greta, in the latter half of this year.”
The Beehive Project is a multi-partner effort led by Enova Community Energy in conjunction with Enosi and the University of Newcastle to trial a shared community battery and peer-to-peer solar energy trading project involving up to 500 NSW households. It aims to transform how neighbourhoods use and share roof top solar energy and large-scale battery storage. The Beehive Project is currently the only project of its kind in Australia.
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It’s called a ‘shared community battery’ because the stored energy will be distributed amongst households that don’t have to be geographically located close to the battery, thanks to smart technology. The peer-to-peer trading aspect of the project means every day households can access more renewable energy, at a price they can decide on.
This project is supported by funding from the NSW Government. Enova acknowledges the funding support from the NSW Government under the Regional Community Energy Fund.
Enova Energy is inviting any household in NSW to register their interest in participating in The Beehive Project. Anyone interested can register to participate here.