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AGL’s Virtual Power Plant is open to eligible metropolitan Adelaide homeowners who meet the following criteria:   Own an appropriately sized solar system 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. Join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant by purchasing LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more and register your interest.
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A virtual power plant put simply is a collection of individual batteries that are managed in unison to help support the grid.   AGL’s Virtual Power Plant will involve the installation of 1000 batteries in individual households, helping to power customers’ homes while demonstrating new ways of managing grid stability.   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.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.  
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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.   If you do live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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AGL’s Virtual Power Plant makes battery technology affordable for everyday South Australian households, by heavily subsidising the price for participating customers.   A battery can help you to use more of the solar energy you produce when the sun isn’t 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 energy from the grid, you could help lower your electricity bills.   Individual electricity bill savings will vary, depending on energy usage, seasonality, solar system performance, and battery performance.   Speak to an AGL battery expert to learn more about whether an AGL Virtual Power Plant battery could help you save.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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Yes. We’ll need your home to stay connected to the electricity grid to be a part of AGL’s 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 do not have stored energy in your battery.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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Your battery will use energy management software and inbuilt digital technology 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 as much energy from the grid.   Occasionally, your battery will be used to provide a local network support or grid stabilising service, for example when there is high demand or instability in the grid. If that happens, your battery will discharge power to the grid, usually at a time when your battery would be discharging anyway. You will receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT) when energy stored in the battery is exported to the grid.   There may be instances where your battery is charged using energy supplied from the grid. We’ll aim to minimise the impact on your battery performance and potential savings when this occurs. Energy used from the grid will be charged at your contracted energy tariff rate and will be reflected on your AGL electricity bill.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price.    Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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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 electricity customer for the 5-year term of the agreement.   Unlike other virtual power plant projects in Australia and overseas, you own the battery and/or solar system installed in your home during and after your participation in the program.   By participating in AGL’s Virtual Power Plant demonstration project, you will have a 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 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 to a new house, AGL may agree to transfer your contract to be part of the Virtual Power Plant program and ownership of the battery to the new owner or arrange for your battery to be transferred to your new property at your cost, provided that your new property meets our eligibility criteria.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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When selecting a solar battery you may want to consider:   Whether your solar energy production and household energy usage is suitable Whether your home is right for a battery   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 usage to discharge it each day.   When considering which solar battery is right for your home, there’s a few things to keep in mind.   Can you install a battery on the wall or floor?   Can you install a battery indoors or outdoors at your home?   If outdoor, do you have a suitable area with adequate shade or covering?   Do you have enough space to install a battery?   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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When considering whether a solar battery is right for your home, there’s a few things to keep in mind.   Do you have enough room to store a battery? Batteries come in a variety of sizes and weights – choosing the right storage capacity might be influenced by the physical size and weight of the battery itself.   Can you install a battery inside or outside? Batteries can generally be installed either indoors in a non-habitable area or outdoors out of direct sunlight. Whether you can install a battery inside or outside varies depending on the brand and model.   How are you using your energy? To benefit from an energy storage system, you need to produce enough excess solar energy to charge your battery. You also need to consume enough energy when the sun isn’t shining to discharge your battery and make the most of your investment.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances, however if you’re eligible for AGL’s Virtual Power Plant an LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall 2 battery could help decrease your reliance on the grid.   Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more about whether you’re eligible to take up this offer.
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The StorEdge inverter can provide backup power functionality to give you peace of mind during a power outage. Modifications to your switchboard may be required, at additional cost, to utilise this functionality when your battery is installed as part of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant.   The HD- Wave inverter does not have backup power functionality but is available at a great price.   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.
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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.
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Join AGL’s Virtual Power Plant and choose between three affordable battery options starting from $2,990 (GST incl.)   LG Chem RESU10H + SolarEdge HD-Wave inverter LG Chem RESU10H + SolarEdge StorEdge inverter Tesla Powerwall 2   If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.  
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  The Tesla Powerwall 2 has the following features:   Backup power available for an additional cost* An advanced liquid thermal control system Compact installation Up to 10-year warranty Floor or wall mounted, indoor or outdoor installation   *Backup power is available for an additional $399. Backup power will require modifications to your switchboard which is not included in the cost of a standard installation. A detailed site inspection will be conducted by AGL to assess your switchboard’s configuration for backup power. An AGL battery expert can discuss your specific backup power options. The availability of backup power during a power outage is dependent on having excess power stored in your battery to use at the time of any power outage.
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  The AGL Virtual Power Plant program includes LG Chem RESU10H, with a usable capacity of 9.3 kWh.^   Your LG Chem battery can be paired with either a SolarEdge StorEdge inverter or a Solar Edge HD-Wave inverter. The LG Chem battery + SolarEdge StorEdge inverter bundle can be configured to provide backup power at an additional cost. The LG Chem + SolarEdge HD-Wave bundle is our most affordable battery offer but is not configured to provide backup power.   ^Battery Cell Only energy capacity at Depth of Discharge 95%.
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  The LG Chem RESU10H can be installed indoors. A qualified electrician will conduct an AGL site inspection to assess suitable battery installation locations and assess your site to determine where your LG Chem RESU battery can be safely wall-mounted.
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  The AGL Virtual Power Plant program includes Tesla Powerwall 2, with a usable capacity of 13.5 kWh – which according to Tesla, is more than double the capacity of the first-generation Powerwall.
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  Tesla Powerwall 2 is next generation rechargeable battery technology that enables the storage of energy from your solar system to be used at times when you and the grid need it, like at night or in the event of a grid power outage. Powerwall 2 uses advanced lithium-ion technology.
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  Warranty information for the Tesla Powerwall 2 can be found here.
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  LG Chem RESU10H specifications can be found here.
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