The West Australian suburb of Meadow springs has been nominated to take part in a communal lithium battery trial, a first of its kind in Australia.
A Tesla power pack battery (105kW or 420kWh) has been installed in asmall park within the neighbourhood, and will allow up to 52 of the surrounding solar panelled homes to store their excess power generated during the day, and allow them to draw power during peak times.
The installed battery is a similar but smaller version of the Tesla battery installed in South Australia to assist with peak energy demands. Unliketypical battery systems for solar panels which service only an individual home, the trial version will be fed and accessed by an entire neighbourhood.
The trial will last two years and is a joint effort between Western power and Synergy and is the first of its kind. Participants in the trial will receive a quarterly statement detailing their savings by using the new system.
The idea has been described as “groundbreaking” by Energy Minister Ben Wyatt.
“This is another Australian milestone for the application of utility-scale batteries for the benefit for customers, drawing on the groundbreaking work by Synergy in its Alkimos Beach energy storage trial,”
“The battery will be used to manage peak demand within Meadow Springs by charging from the grid during periods when demand is low, and discharging back to the grid when peak demand periods are high,” said Synergy CEO Jason Waters.