A virtual power plant put simply is a collection of individual batteries that are managed in unison to help power customers’ homes and support the grid.
The battery installed in your home stores excess solar energy produced by your system. This can help you to use more of your own solar energy and less from the grid. Any energy discharged from the battery will be used by the home first, with any additional energy then exported to the grid, allowing you to receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT).
In some instances, AGL’s Virtual Power Plant uses the solar energy stored in individual home batteries to help support the electricity grid during peak usage times, helping you to use solar energy within your home while helping to increase grid stability for the community.
AGL’s Virtual Power Plant is open to eligible metropolitan Adelaide homeowners who meet the following criteria:
Own an appropriately sized solar system or want to go solar.
Own your own home.
Currently generate more solar energy than you’re using in your home.
Are an existing AGL electricity customer or want to make the switch.
Live in an eligible suburb of metropolitan Adelaide.
Are not currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff.
If your home generates sufficient excess solar energy you could benefit from participating in AGL’s Virtual Power Plant, by using more of the solar energy you produce.
If you are currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff, installing a battery will affect your eligibility to access that scheme. You should consider your own personal circumstances when deciding whether to purchase a battery as part of this Virtual Power Plant offer.
You must be an existing AGL electricity customer or wanting to make the switch to participate in this offer and remain with AGL for your electricity for the term of the agreement. If you’re currently with another electricity retailer, one of our friendly AGL customer representatives can help you make the switch.
Register your interest in the next stage of the Virtual Power Plant demonstration project and an AGL solar and battery expert will be in touch to discuss the program and your eligibility to join.
AGL’s Virtual Power Plant makes battery technology more affordable than ever by providing leading energy storage systems at heavily subsidised prices.
The batteries being offered as part of the program are designed to store excess solar power that would otherwise be exported to the grid, and discharge it into your home at night, to avoid the need to buy electricity from the grid or to support the gird in times of grid instability or peak demand. By doing so, this can help to reduce customers electricity bills and assist the grid.
Individual electricity bill savings will vary, depending on energy usage, seasonality, solar system performance, and battery performance.
Speak to an AGL solar and battery expert to learn more about whether an AGL Virtual Power Plant battery could help you save.
Yes. AGL is pioneering virtual power plant technology as part of our demonstration project, with 1,000 battery installations being rolled out in metropolitan Adelaide.
This offer is currently only available in eligible suburbs in metropolitan Adelaide.
In the future, innovative ways of producing, storing and sharing energy via a virtual power plant model may become available to consumers in other states. If you don’t currently meet the geographic eligibility criteria for AGL’s virtual power plant but want to start enjoying the benefits of battery technology, speak to one of our energy storage experts to register your interest – call 1300 760 034.
You can also sign up to receive updates on solar energy storage offers and promotions. Simply visit our Energy Storage page, and register your interest to join the AGL Power Advantage Club by submitting your details at the bottom of the page.
The agreement to participate in the Virtual Power Plant is for a 5 year period. While participating in the Virtual Power Plant, you must remain an AGL electricity customer. At the end of the 5 year period the agreement automatically expires. For customers who have had a battery installed already and are taking advantage of our upgrade program, the 5 year term does not reset upon installation of the new battery.
Unlike some other virtual power plant programs, you own the battery and/or solar system installed in your home during and after your participation in the program.
By participating in the Virtual Power Plant demonstration project you will have a battery installed at a heavily subsidised price. If you choose to exit the agreement before the scheduled end date, you will be required to pay an early termination fee. The fee is capped at $5,000 and reduces over the 5 year term. This early termination fee is listed in the terms and conditions provided with your quote.
If you move to a new house, AGL may agree to transfer your contract to be part of the Virtual Power Plant program to the new owner.
Your battery will come shipped with intelligent energy management software inbuilt and ready to go, to make sure your solar is working hard for you. We use digital technology, developed by Sunverge Energy, to help us intelligently manage your battery. Most of the time, your battery will discharge power to your home so you don’t need to draw energy from the grid. Occasionally, your battery will discharge power to your home or directly to the grid when there is high demand or instability in the grid. Usually this will happen at a time when your battery would be discharging anyway. You will receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT) when solar energy stored in the battery is exported to the grid.
In order to maximise savings from a battery, you will need to have enough excess solar to charge the battery each day and enough energy consumption to discharge it each day.
AGL offers a range of sizes to choose from and our AGL’s battery experts will be able to help you determine the best solution for your needs – give them a call on 1300 760 034 (8.30am – 5.30pm AEST Mon to Fri).
The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances, however the right battery from AGL can greatly decrease your reliance on energy from the grid. We’ll work with you to determine the best option for your home and tailor a solution that fits.
AGL’s energy storage experts conduct detailed research on which batteries best suit Australian conditions and lifestyles. The lithium-ion batteries that AGL has selected are maintenance free, compact and are long lasting, as well as meeting international battery safety standards.
You can install the SIS batteries either indoors in a non-habitable area or outdoors. We recommend having your battery installed in the garage, or under an eave on a south or east facing wall, away from direct sunlight.
AGL is continuously exploring innovative new energy storage systems, including solutions that can be installed indoors.