Western Australia’s government-owned utility, Western Power, has installed a 13th community battery on the state’s grid – but in this case on the customer connection side as part of a unique five-year trial with the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.
“Community batteries are proving to be a versatile solution to network challenges and I’d like to congratulate the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River for their innovative approach by embracing renewable technology,” said WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston.
Not only is #MargaretRiver home of great wineries and fantastic surf, it’s now also home to a unique 5 year community battery trial. Launched today by Energy Minister @BillJohnstonMLA at the Margaret River Recreation Centre | More on the 'Margs' battery: https://t.co/8JrdmQDXuI pic.twitter.com/c2X8FP15u6— Western Power (@westernpowerwa) July 11, 2020
Other installations include those at Meadow Springs (105kW / 420kWh), Ellenbrook (116kW / 464kWh), Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Last month another 464kWh Tesla system swung into action at Salamanca Reserve in the outer Perth suburb of Port Kennedy, and there are also Tesla installations up and running at Falcon, Busselton, Yokine, Ashby, Two Rocks, Gosnells, and Kwinana.
The pace of community energy storage rollout in Western Power's network has picked up in 2020. Western Power has previously commented the rollout has been made easier through the passing of the Electricity Industry Amendment Bill 2019 in April this year and the more recent release of the Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Roadmap; which the utility says will help it support high levels of DER on the network while ensuring safe, secure and affordable electricity supply.