In Australia, there is currently considerable interest in community batteries, and a number of installations are now providing initial results. Community batteries can provide benefits to individual customers and to the network services, and are likely to encourage more solar installations on homes.
Mitchell Community Energy conducted a webinar on 31st August that brought together national experts to explain how community batteries work, where they have been installed or planned, models of ownership and management, and the economic and social benefits and costs of providing and operating them. It was an important webinar for communities across Australia at this time of rapid change in our energy system.
Revana Boodhraj, Senior Business Analyst, Western Power
Dr Marnie Shaw, Research Leader, Battery Storage and Grid Integration Program, ANU
Justin Harding, Manager, Network Growth, Ausnet Services
Ben McGowan, Managing Director, Indigo Power