Energy trial begins at WA community

Alkimos Beach, Western Australia
Alkimos Beach, Western Australia

Western Australia’s state government has announced the start of an energy storage trial for residents at Alkimos Beach, 40km north of Perth, which aims to save participating customers 15 per cent or more on their electricity bills.

The $6.7 million trial, partly funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is a collaboration between Synergy and development partners LandCorp and Lendlease. The trial aims to provide insights into the benefits of integrating solar generation, energy storage and dispatch into a traditional electricity network.

It includes the installation of a 1.1MWh energy storage facility; rebates for solar panels, hot water system and energy-efficient appliances; in-home energy monitoring; a variable price plan with reduced rates for network electricity; and an education and behavioural change program.

Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the trial could change energy infrastructure design in future urban developments.

“This trial is a great example of how the government is leading the way in renewable energy by investing in communities and supporting the development of new technologies, which are changing the face of the sector and how traditional energy utilities operate,” Dr Nahan said.

“Energy storage is the next logical step in new technology and consumers are demanding solutions from the energy provider which package solar and storage. This exciting trial will inform us about how we can achieve holistic benefits – for consumers, government and developers.”

Lands Minister Terry Redman said the Alkimos Beach development had received Australia’s first 6-star Green Star rating.

“The government encourages sustainability in the property industry by promoting green programs, technologies, design practices and operations,” Mr Redman said.

“This trial supports the vision for creating environmentally conscious and sustainable communities and demonstrates a successful collaboration between public and private organisations and the government’s commitment to deliver communities of the future.”

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