Home battery trial to kick-start ACT’s renewable future

The Turner family from Forde will be the first in the ACT to trial home battery storage as part of a collaboration between local energy company ActewAGL and electronics giant Panasonic.

The launch of the first home battery trial in the territory comes after ActewAGL and Panasonic announced their partnership in June 2015.

ActewAGL chief executive officer Michael Costello said battery storage was “the future no-brainer companion for renewable energy systems and, like PV solar in the mid-2000s, it will quickly become more affordable and available for customers.”

“While the grid will still play an important role in the supply of electricity, we believe the battery storage industry will continue to grow in the next few years as the technology continues to advance.

“In addition we know the ACT community has a high awareness of climate change, and the introduction of battery storage will increasingly have a positive impact on the ACT’s renewable energy targets.”

Panasonic Australia’s managing director Paul Reid said residential battery combined with ActewAGL’s solar product would extend the energy solutions for customers and help them to maximise the self-consumption of electricity generated from their solar.

“This technology has been designed specifically for Australia’s unique conditions, and we look forward to seeing the benefits realised locally through this trial,” he said