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You can set up and manage your trade settings for buying and selling Solar Tokens from within the AGL Solar Exchange platform.   Simply select the trade setting that works for you and it will be activated and apply to all trades in that trading period.
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You can set individual trade settings for friends and family. For example if you have five friends, you can set different trade settings for each! You can also set trade settings for buying and selling to the AGL Solar Exchange community as a single trading group.   You will trade first with family and friends who have joined. If you’ve traded with your friends and family and still have Solar Tokens to exchange, you’ll then get the chance to buy or sell with the community. AGL Solar Exchange manages all of your trades automatically, so you can relax and let us do the work for you.
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When trading with the AGL Solar Exchange community, your trade settings need to align with your trading partners’.   For example, let’s say you don’t have solar and have chosen trade settings that will aim to help you save on your AGL electricity bill. Your trades will be matched by AGL with a Seller who is happy to share their solar savings with others. This could mean a debit on their electricity bill, and a credit on yours – depending on your final trade balance at the end of your billing cycle.   If you and your trading partners’ settings and underlying solar export and usage profiles don’t match, a trade will not be successfully executed.
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When trading with the AGL Solar Exchange community, your trade settings need to align with your trading partners’.   For example, let’s say you have solar and have chosen trade settings that will aim to help you maximise your savings. Your trades will be matched by AGL with a Buyer who wants to pay a little more than their current AGL electricity tariff as a reward for doing something great for the environment by installing solar.   If you and your trading partners’ settings and underlying solar export and usage profiles don’t match, a match will not be successfully executed.
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As soon as you sign up to the platform you can start trading with other participants who have joined AGL Solar Exchange. Alternatively, you can invite eligible friends and family and trade with them too.   Trading with friends and family is great if you want to help them save on their electricity or give a friend who has gone solar a high-five (and a bit of extra money in their back pocket) for helping the environment. You’ll pay a little extra on your AGL electricity bill when you choose to be generous with the people you care about.   If you have more exchanges to make after trading with your friends and family, you will then move into trading with the AGL Solar Exchange community where you can achieve bill savings for yourself, help others save on their bills, or reward others for going solar. If you don’t invite any friends or family to join you on AGL Solar Exchange, you’ll trade exclusively with the trading community.
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To participate in AGL Solar Exchange you must have a digital meter installed at your property. Not sure if you have a digital meter installed? An AGL energy expert will assess your meter type as part of the sign up process. You don’t need any additional hardware in order to participate.
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Whether you save with AGL Solar Exchange depends on a number of factors, including:   The trade settings you choose and whether you’re aiming to save, reward others, or help friends and family save The trade settings of other participants, and whether they match with yours. Whether participants’ underlying export and usage profiles match in the relevant trading period. Whether there is enough supply and demand for Solar Tokens.   Monitor your trade balance and history in the dashboard to see how you’re tracking, and whether you’re likely to enjoy a credit or debit on your AGL electricity bill as a result of your trading.
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The platform features a dashboard that displays information including your trade balance, trade history, and a snapshot of who you are trading with. You can easily set your trade settings when you log in and take control of whether you trade to save, help friends and family lower their electricity bills, or reward others for helping the environment.  
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The AGL Solar Exchange is an online platform available on desktop, tablet, and mobile web-enabled devices. You’ll be given a link to the platform and log in details when you successfully sign up to the trial.
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You can pause your trades for as long as you need, and AGL Solar Exchange will stop trading on your behalf.   You can restart your trading activity at any time in just a click of a button.
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You can buy Solar Tokens from a fellow AGL Solar Exchange participant who’s installed a solar system. You can then use Solar Tokens to potentially reduce your AGL electricity bill, without installing a single panel.   How could I save on my electricity bill?   Select trade settings that indicate you’d like to buy Solar Tokens at a rate that is lower than your current AGL electricity tariff. Match with an AGL Solar Exchange member who has offered to sell their Solar Tokens for less than the price they receive for their feed-in tariff. At the settlement time, AGL Solar Exchange will then automatically match your trades and you’ll receive the difference between the rate you set in your trade settings and the rate set by the Seller via their trade settings. If at the end of your billing cycle your total trading balance on AGL Solar Exchange is positive, the Solar Tokens you buy will translate into a credit on your AGL electricity bill, helping to lower your total bill amount. Alternatively, you can buy Solar Tokens from a Seller for more than you currently pay for electricity from the grid. You’ll pay more than your grid electricity tariff and depending on how they trade, they’ll enjoy a saving on their electricity bill and you will pay a little more.   It’s a new way to give solar-owners a pat on the back for going solar and helping the environment, by simply paying a little extra on your AGL electricity bill for your generosity.
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In addition to receiving your feed-in tariff for solar energy you export to the grid, you can now trade this unused solar on AGL Solar Exchange in the form of Solar Tokens. You could sell your Solar Tokens for more than your feed-in tariff to maximise your solar savings or sell for less than your feed-in tariff when trading with friends, family or the AGL Solar Exchange community to help them save on their energy bills.   You can only sell your Solar Tokens for more than your feed-in-tariff if you are matched with a friend, family or AGL Solar Exchange community member who has chosen to offer to purchase Solar Tokens at a rate that’s more than their standard electricity tariff and if you both have compatible solar export and grid usage profiles in the relevant trading period.
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No. While you do not buy or sell solar energy, AGL Solar Exchange does give you access to potential solar savings by purchasing Solar Tokens, which are a representation of the solar energy that participants export to the grid.   It’s a new way to harness the power of the sun without installing panels.
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No. You will continue to earn your current underlying AGL feed-in tariff for any solar energy you export to the grid. With AGL Solar Exchange, you can do more with that solar energy by trading it’s equivalent on the platform, in the form of Solar Tokens.   The great thing about AGL Solar Exchange is that you can continue to benefit from using and exporting solar energy in the same way you do today while also trading with others, which could help you save on your AGL electricity bills.
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No. AGL Solar Exchange operates in addition to your AGL electricity plan and forms part of your Market Contract with AGL. If you’re using energy from the grid today, you’ll continue to do so and pay your regular contracted energy rates and charges after joining AGL Solar Exchange. Exporting solar energy?   You’ll also continue to supply energy to the grid and receive your current feed-in tariff when you do so.   AGL Solar Exchange gives you access to a new, online marketplace where you can buy and trade Solar Tokens, which are a digital representation of solar energy. By trading Solar Tokens, you could save on your AGL electricity bill or pay more if you choose to help or reward others with savings on their bill. Solar Tokens that have been traded can only be used to adjust your AGL electricity bill.
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Yes. AGL Solar Exchange is an innovative new trading trial, available to eligible Victorian energy users. It’s part of our commitment to developing new energy solutions that harness the power of the sun!   The AGL Solar Exchange trial aims to explore how eligible Victorian energy customers can work together to share access to solar savings, reward households who have invested in solar, or both – all through the power of trading.   We’re working with pioneering Victorians to help shape our energy future. Join today and be part of creating tomorrow’s energy solutions.
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Every day solar energy that’s not used in a home is exported to the grid.   AGL Solar Exchange uses digital meters installed in participants’ homes to measure the solar energy that is exported in a given amount of time.   Every kWh of solar energy that is supplied to the grid is represented as a Solar Token on AGL Solar Exchange, which can then be traded between Buyers and Sellers.   A Solar Token is equivalent to 1 kWh of exported solar energy. Solar Tokens are traded on the platform at a rate a Buyer chooses and a rate a Seller chooses, and AGL Solar Exchange matches compatible trade preferences.   If you don’t have a solar system and want to buy Solar Tokens from a Seller, you can buy as many Solar Tokens as the amount of electricity you consumed from the grid within a trading period.
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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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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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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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