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Solar Command Check is available to eligible customers via My Account.   To be eligible you must be an AGL customer, have a solar system installed at your premise, have a smart meter and we must have 30+ days of data from that smart meter.   When signing up for Solar Command Check you will need to provide details about your solar system size, number of panels and year of installation.   My Account is AGL’s online portal for the management of your energy account – you can view and pay your bill, track energy use and update your details. If you are not already signed up to My Account you can do that here.
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Solar Command Check is a daily update, based on your home’s smart meter data for the previous 30 days, to let you know if your system is producing solar energy or if we think there might be a problem. To do this we estimate your solar energy production, compare it against expected production for a system of your size, age, location, and provide an indication of its performance.   This is only an estimate due to the limited amount of information we have about your system.   Solar Command is a real time solar monitoring subscription service. It remotely monitors your system’s energy production and household energy consumption, calculates your estimated savings, shows how much solar or grid energy you used, and provides this all via a personalised dashboard. If you subscribe to Solar Command, AGL installs a device on your switchboard to read and record the data required to provide you with this insight.   Details about Solar Command can be found here.
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An amber status means your system is producing a lot less solar energy than we expected and there may be a problem with your system. There could be several reasons for this, so we’ve provided this useful guide with steps to identify and resolve any faults.   Once a fault is resolved, you may still see the amber status for up to 30 days as your data continues to be processed.
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To calculate your solar status we take into account your system details (system size, number of panels and year of installation) and your net import and export energy data from your home’s smart meter for the last 30 days. We then continuously run this data through patented algorithms and other reference data sets to provide you with an estimate of how your system has been performing for the last 30 days in comparison to what we expected.
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Solar Command Check is a daily solar health check, based on your home’s smart meter data for the previous 30 days. It’s lets you know if your system is producing solar energy or if we think there might be a problem via the presentation of two status: Green or Amber.   Green means your panels are producing solar energy and Amber indicates there could be a problem with your system. In both instances we provide support and guidance about how to maintain your system to maximise your investment or advice on how to resolve any problems.
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Yes. We’ll need your home to stay connected to the electricity grid to be a part of the virtual power plant and help to support the grid. This way you can also power your home in the event that your solar system is not generating enough energy and you have no available stored energy in your battery.
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The agreement to participate in the virtual power plant is for a 5 year period. To participate in the virtual power plant, you must remain an AGL Energy electricity customer for the 5 year term of the agreement. At the end of the period you can choose to exit the agreement. By participating in the virtual power plant you will have a cutting edge battery installed at a great 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 takes into account the period you have participated in the program and the total value of the products installed. This early termination fee is listed in the terms and conditions provided with your quote.   If you move house, AGL may agree to transfer ownership to the new owner or arrange for your battery to be transferred to your new property at your cost, so you can keep enjoying the benefits.
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Yes. AGL is pioneering the world’s largest virtual power plant in South Australia. The first 150 virtual power plant battery sales will be limited to metropolitan Adelaide homes. Any future battery releases will be further limited geographically and communicated at the time of the release. 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.
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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.
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By being a part of AGL’s virtual power plant you get a discounted battery price, helping you to enjoy the benefits of battery technology in your home for less. You can also store more renewable energy for use when it’s needed, and AGL can actively manage participating batteries to help reduce demand on the grid when it is struggling – like on a hot day when everyone is turning on their air conditioners. That could be by discharging your battery within your home so you draw less from the grid, or by exporting directly to the grid and paying you your standard Retailer Feed-in Tariff.
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AGL’s virtual power plant makes battery technology affordable for everyday Adelaide households. A battery helps your home to use more of the solar energy you produce when the sun is no longer shining but when your household uses most of its energy – at night, or early in the morning for example. By using more of your solar energy and less peak grid energy, you could help lower your energy bills.
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If you answer yes to the following questions we recommend that you give one of our battery experts a call to discuss how the virtual power plant can benefit you:   Do you own your own property? Do you have a solar system installed or interested in going solar? Do you live in metropolitan Adelaide? Are producing excess solar energy and being paid a feed-in tariff? Are you buying energy from the grid when solar energy is not available?   Any home that generates sufficient excess solar energy 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 Energy 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.
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 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.   It works like this – the battery installed in your home stores excess solar energy produced by your system, to use when you need it. This helps you to use more of your own solar energy and less from the grid. The virtual power plant then uses the solar energy stored in batteries benefiting you and your community to help support the power grid during peak usage times. Most of the time your battery will be actively managed to power your home with green energy and help save money on your bills.
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A quote for a standard installation is issued to all customers before a site inspection is carried out. A standard installation includes:   Installation of your Sunverge AC coupled SIS 7.7 kWh energy storage system, including a Schneider XW+ 7048 inverter and access to the AGL’s battery monitoring portal. Full installation on suitable flooring. ‘Suitable flooring’ is a concrete base, with a minimum thickness of 75 mm and free from cracks, that can accommodate approximately 270 kg of weight. Conduit and cabling between the battery location and the switchboard, up to 20 metres. Installation of a battery main switch circuit breaker, control circuit (VT) circuit breaker and two Current Transformers in the switchboard. The switchboard must have sufficient space to accommodate these additions.   A standard installation also assumes:   There is suitable flooring. ‘Suitable flooring’ is a concrete base, with a minimum thickness of 75 mm and free from cracks, that can accommodate approximately 270 kg of weight. That your battery will be installed in a non-habitable internal location, or an external location that is not subject to direct sun for lengthy periods, for example between north-west and north-east (unless determined as a suitable location by AGL). That the cable between the street and the switchboard, and the switchboard itself, complies with current electrical and safety standards. No hazardous materials such as asbestos.   The site inspection may identify that further work needs to be carried out to make your home suitable for a safe installation. If this is the case, you will be issued with an updated quote to accept in accordance with your terms and conditions.
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Solar Command will send you an automatic fault alert if your system has turned off, or is no longer communicating. Speak to an AGL Solar Command expert on 1300 356 363 to help get your system back up and running.
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If you already have a solar system, total installation and setup takes approximately 1.5 hours. If you’re having a new solar system installed, it will take approximately 2-3 hours to install your solar system and Solar Command hardware, depending on the complexity of your site including whether it is double story or has limited access.
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Solar Command is a physical monitoring product attached to your meter board, and a subscription to AGL’s Solar Command digital monitoring portal.
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 AGL offers a 10 year manufacturer warranty for Sunverge batteries.
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  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).
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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.
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