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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, or VPP for short, is sometimes used to refer to a network of connected solar batteries that can be managed as one. The idea is that individual batteries can be coordinated, and in doing so become a pop-up power plant. So small amounts of energy stored in individual batteries can become a large amount of controllable energy. This can help avoid power outages and contribute to making energy more affordable in the future.    
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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 that allows AGL to send your battery directions.   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 services, 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 2 battery technology at a great price.
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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. 
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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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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? Batteries need enough wall space for mounting the hardware. They also need to be separated from habitable areas, windows and doors. Your AGL installer will determine the locations suitable for a battery system during site inspection. 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.
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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.
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The current generation of solar batteries cannot completely power an average home in all circumstances.   If you choose to include backup power in your purchase, the AGL installer will work with you to identify which parts of your home can be powered from the battery during a power failure.   It is normal to have some lights and some essential appliances powered from backup power. Batteries cannot supply power required for large appliances like ovens and big air conditioners.
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By 2050, if not sooner. You can read the announcement from 2015 on our website.
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Installing a solar power system can result in a significant reduction of overall bill amounts.   A solar power system harnesses energy from sunlight via solar panels on the roof and converts it into electricity. Generating electricity in this way is considered environmentally friendly as it produces no direct greenhouse gas emissions.   With a net metered solar power system, the electricity that is generated is used by the home or business, and any excess electricity (where the solar power system is generating more than is being used in the home or business at any point in time) is fed back into the electricity grid.   With a gross metered solar power system, all the electricity that is generated is fed back into the electricity grid.   Customers with either a net or gross metered solar power system are paid for the excess electricity that is fed back into the grid in the form of Solar Feed-in credit on their electricity bills.   So a net metered solar power system reduces the amount of electricity that homes and businesses need to buy for use during the day. Plus, the Feed-in Credits for solar electricity not used by the home or business and fed into the grid helps off-set the cost of electricity that is purchased from the grid.   With a gross metered solar power system all the solar electricity generated is fed into the grid, for which the home or business will receive Feed-in Credits, but all the electricity used by the home or business is drawn from the grid and paid for under the customer’s energy plan.   Solar Feed-in tariffs, which are used to calculate Solar Feed-in bill credits, differ from State to State and may depend on when a Solar Feed-in agreement was entered into and the type of metering that is set up.   The amount of any solar Feed-in Credits received will depend on geographical location, the size of the solar power system installed and, in the case of net metered systems, the energy usage of the home or business at the time the solar power system is generating electricity.   Installing a solar power system reduces the size of electricity bills, and can significantly do so depending on size of the particular system installed. For more information about solar power systems, please visit AGL Solar or call the AGL Solar team on 1300 274 165.
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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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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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No. We can fit Solar Command to AGL or non-AGL solar systems!
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Small yet smart ways for using less gas and electricity around the home can help you become more energy efficient, and we’ve got plenty online for you to check out here.
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At the end of your two year subscription, you will be invited to renew your subscription for another two years at $15 (incl. GST) per month for a minimum of 24 months.
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Yes. If you have an existing solar system installed, an accredited AGL installer will make an appointment with you to install your AGL Solar Command hardware.   If you’re having a new AGL solar system installed, an accredited AGL installer will complete both your Solar Command and solar system installation at the same time, making installation hassle-free.
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