Specialist energy advice was critical to the success of this pilot clean energy project in Western Australia
Energy retailer Synergy wanted to create a virtual power plant in Western Australia (WA) to collect and store energy from solar hotspots. Their goal was to keep the electricity network stable and to allow more solar photovoltaic systems to be installed on the network. This would support the transition to a cleaner and greener electricity system.
Commercial-grade batteries were installed at ten school locations in Perth and Kalgoorlie to collect and store excess energy from various solar networks. The batteries are virtually aggregated and centrally controlled to alleviate strain on the network. The theory was straightforward—putting it into practice was more complex. Our energy specialists completed feasibility studies and financial modelling and provided technical advice and project management assistance to achieve Battery Energy Storage System approvals. We helped identify appropriate and secure locations for the sizeable installations, complying with both dangerous goods requirements and noise regulations for educational and residential environments.
Our contributions to Synergy’s pilot project were successful, as they are extending the model to WA’s regional areas—conserving clean energy for community use. The centrally coordinated system not only balances supply, but also represents an important step towards a more sustainable future.
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