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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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By adding a Green Choice™ option to your electricity plan, we will source the equivalent to a portion (10%, 20% or 100%) of your household's electricity usage from renewable energy sources. Future Forests offsets the carbon emissions associated with your household's electricity usage through Australian Carbon Credit Units. The cost of Green Choice™ can vary depending on the amount of electricity you use. With Future Forests, you just pay $1 (GST incl.) a week, whatever your energy usage. You can choose to get one, or both, for your home.
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AGL Solar Exchange is a new solar trading platform trial, designed to give Victorians a way to trade to save on their electricity bills, help others save on theirs or reward households who have gone solar.   If you have a solar system installed and are exporting solar energy to the grid, you could do more with your spare solar energy by selling Solar Tokens on AGL Solar Exchange. Don’t have solar? You could buy Solar Tokens from a participating Seller to earn potential savings on your AGL electricity bill or choose to reward others for going solar.
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Not yet. But we’ll be speaking to Australian businesses to see if this program is one that they’d be interested in too. So stay tuned!
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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?   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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Future Forests is independently audited each year with the results published as part of AGL's annual Sustainability Report as well as a standalone Future Forest Program Annual Report. 100% of customer contributions go toward purchasing carbon offset credits.
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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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Your monthly trade balance appears on your AGL Solar Exchange dashboard.   If the trading balance is positive you’ll see this amount appear as a credit on your next AGL electricity bill, in line with your billing cycle.   If it’s negative, this amount will appear as debit on your next bill in line with your billing cycle.
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Contact us to stop paying $1 (GST incl.) a week and end your participation in the program.
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By 2050, if not sooner. You can read the announcement from 2015 on our website.
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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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That’s easy. After speaking with our customers, we found that many were worried about climate change and wanted to do something to tackle it. But they were looking for a way that was both affordable and easy to understand. So, along came AGL Future Forests.
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