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.
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.
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.
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.
The SIS 11.6 battery has a total useable storage capacity of 9.9 kWh. It’s capable of discharging at a continuous rate of 5kW which is enough to power multiple large appliances in your home. The extra-large SIS 19.4 battery has a total useable storage capacity of 16.5 kWh.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The main difference you’ll find with the new-look My Account (previously known as AGL Energy Online) is your ‘Overview’ home page. Once you log in, you’ll see a dashboard that’s easier to read – one that helps makes it faster for you to understand things like how much you’ve used and spent on gas and electricity, or what your next energy bill is projected to be. However, you may find that some parts of the website – like the ‘Usage’ section – are the same as before. So please, keep an eye on the AGL Community as we continue to improve the My Account experience for you. We’ll add more frequently asked questions as we go along.
After you sign up to AGL for gas or electricity, it can take as long as three months for your service to transfer across to us. During that time, we won’t have any usage information to show you in your My Account portal. We’ll contact you once your transfer is complete, so you can log in and see it all for the first time.
Right now, the updates we’ve made to our My Account website (previously known as AGL Energy Online) can only be seen by those customers who log on using an AGL ID – one with a registered AGL email address. So, for the moment, you can’t access My Account using third party log in details. However, as we’ll soon integrate third party IDs (like Facebook and Google) with our website, it won’t be long until more AGL energy customers can enjoy the exciting new features in My Account.
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.
After hearing your feedback on the old version and discovering the new features you’d like to see, we’ve created a new-look My Account website (previously known as AGL Energy Online) that can make it easier, faster and more useful for you to better manage your AGL energy accounts – anytime, from anywhere.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the Knowledge Base FAQs on the AGL Community, why not ask your own question? That way, once we post the answer for you, it’ll be there to help others looking for the same information. Otherwise, your best bet is to chat with us online, or call us anytime 24/7 on 131 245 – we’ll be happy to help.
We understand that some of our customers have been impacted by major storms and flooding across south and eastern Australia. Affected customers facing financial hardship following these events should call AGL on 131 245 to discuss support available. You can also find more information at the Victorian and New South Wales goverment websites.