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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

Hundreds of South Coast homes and businesses continue to be linked for 6MW Virtual Power Plant

New South Wales residents and business owners can still receive up to $4,950 discount on a battery installation with the first ever NSW Government funded virtual power plant project. The NSW Emerging Energy program awarded a $5.4 million grant to SolarHub for delivering the Smart Distributed Batteries (SDB) project back in August 2020. The project is still ongoing as SolarHub, one of the largest solar panels and batteries installers in the South Coast region, is building a 6 megawatt Virtual Power Plant (VPP) with this grant. Eligible NSW home and business owners can currently receive a point-of-sale discount if they purchase a battery with SolarHub and join the Virtual Power Plant, with most properties being eligible to a $4,950 discount. Anticipated benefits for residents, grid operators and the environment Benn Masters, CEO of SolarHub, believes this project will offer tangible benefits for a lot of people on the South Coast: “Residents will receive important savings on their energy bills, thanks to the installation of a battery on their property”, Benn Masters said. “A VPP is also excellent for grid stability because it can instantly harness the power of multiple batteries to support power distribution when the grid is stressed by high energy demand or blackouts. Another key point is that more batteries in NSW means that we can store and use more of our solar energy production, which is obviously a win for the environment and for the community in general”, Masters explained. With a residential solar and battery installation, homeowners can expect reductions of up to 80% on electricity bills over a year, depending on available roof space for solar panels and household energy consumption. A significant step towards a cleaner and smarter grid “We think that storing renewable energy and dispatching it when needed is the next logical step in making the grid greener”, says Regional Manager of SolarHub South Coast, Luke Dalla. “And with the Smart Distributed Batteries project, the NSW government facilitates this transition by making batteries more affordable for the community.” The Smart Distributed Batteries project is being deployed in the following Council areas: • Shoalhaven City Council • Eurobodalla Shire Council • Bega Valley Shire Council • Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council • Yass Valley Council (within 100km of Canberra CBD) • Snowy Monaro Council (within 100km of Canberra CBD) SolarHub is one of the largest solar and energy storage installers in Canberra and on the South Coast of NSW, with offices in Mitchell, ACT, Batemans Bay, NSW, and Bega, NSW. With more than 10 years of experience on the renewable energy market, and more than 12,000 systems installed, SolarHub offers options to help home and business owners to reduce their electricity bills and their greenhouse gas emissions, thanks to the power of the sun. With a strong focus on new technologies and high-end products, SolarHub works on building a smarter, cleaner and more affordable electrical network for everyone.

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