Island residents offered solar and battery packages

Bruny Island, Tasmania
Bruny Island, Tasmania

Bruny Island, Tasmania, residents are being given the chance to turn their homes into mini-power stations that will help bolster the island’s electricity supply during busy holiday periods.

A new project called CONSORT will help up to 40 Bruny Island homes install solar panels and batteries. The systems will include ground-breaking software that allows homeowners to sell their power back to the grid. It means the households can supply energy during the island’s busy holiday season, when the population swells and demand for power rises.

Canberra-based start-up Reposit Power developed the technology that allows battery and solar owners to be rewarded for their efforts.

“A battery with a solar panel can be converted into a remarkable power station,” Reposit co-founder Dean Spaccavento said.

“It’s fast and can both produce and consume power in an instant. It’s just the type of power station that the future needs. We think its very important that homes across Australia be able to participate in electricity markets.”

Mr Spaccavento says Bruny Island will become a great example of how Reposit’s technology can transform the energy system while benefiting consumers.

The Australian National University is leading the three-year project and will be joined by researchers at the University of Tasmania and University of Sydney to monitor CONSORT’s success, in collaboration with electricity network provider TasNetworks.

CONSORT is being supported with $2.9 million in funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

Reposit systems are available to residences elsewhere in the National Electricity Grid.