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‘World’s largest virtual power plant’ now working in West Lakes in Adelaide

SA power: ‘World’s largest virtual power plant’ switched on at West Lakes in Adelaide, ABC News By Matt Coleman, 16 Mar 17, What is being called the world’s largest residential virtual power plant (VPP) has gone live in suburban Adelaide, where reliability of power supply is the dominant public policy issue.

The VPP is an initiative of power company AGL and involves solar panels and battery storage at hundreds of properties being linked together to form a five-megawatt virtual solar power station.”Our South Australian VPP demonstration is a practical example of the new energy future,” AGL’s managing director and CEO Andy Vesey said.

“We believe the VPP will deliver benefits … .by providing another source of generation to deploy into the network.”

He said the environment would also benefit from reduced emissions.

AGL said the Federal Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), was providing up to $5 million to support the $20 million project.

The project is different to standard home battery storage because the batteries’ operation can be directed remotely.

As well as being used to help power the home they are in, they can also be directed — all at once — to service the grid when overall system stability or reliability is under pressure…….


March 17, 2017 - Posted by | solar, South Australia

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