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.
Solar Command Check is a daily solar health check, based on your home’s smart meter data for the previous 30 days. It 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.
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.
If you’re eligible for Solar Command Check a registration banner will actively appear in My Account, you will also have the option to sign up via the ‘Solar‘ tab under ‘Manage Account'. Alternatively, you can call 1300 35 63 63 and speak to one of our friendly service agents to subscribe to the Solar Command Check service. To be eligible you must:
Be an AGL customer on a solar tariff
Have a solar system installed at your premise but no battery
Have a smart meter with a minimum 30+ days of data from that smart meter
Not already subscribed to Solar Command
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.
Global warming is the earth’s average temperature increasing due to the effect of greenhouse gases, and it can lead to changes to our climate and environments. While global warming is caused by a number of factors, a main contributor is human beings burning fossil fuels to produce energy.
Yes. With AGL’s Virtual Power Plant, you own the battery that is installed in your household - unlike some other virtual power plant projects where participants access the technology via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and someone else owns the system.
Any energy discharged from the battery will be used by the home first, and any additional energy discharged that can’t be used by the home at the time will be exported to the grid.
You will receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT) when solar energy stored in the battery is exported to the grid.
The LG Chem RESU10H can only be installed in a location that is fully protected from direct sunlight. The preferred location is in a garage or car port. 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.
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%.
By being a part of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant and purchasing a digitally connected battery, you can access a heavily subsidised battery at a great price, helping you to enjoy the benefits of battery technology in your home for less.
You can also store renewable energy for use when it’s needed, which could help you lower your electricity bills, while doing your bit for the community by allowing your connected battery to offer grid support services when needed.
Tesla Powerwall 2 is a next generation, rechargeable, 13.5kWh, advanced lithium-ion battery. It has a fully integrated inverter that enables the storage of energy from your solar system (that would normally be exported to the grid) to be used at times when you and the grid need it, like at night or in the event of a grid power outage. The Powerwall 2 also offers the option of backup power to parts of the home.
LG Chem RESU batteries use lithium-ion battery technology and LG Chem’s Lamination & Stacking technology, which LG Chem states helps to maintain a superior battery lifespan even with frequent charging and discharging.