The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has announced AUD7.7 million ($6m) in funding for a second virtual power plant to be built in Adelaide.
ARENA said Simply Energy— part of the French multinational power company ENGIE— will build the facility at a total cost of AUD23m. The plant will also be able to provide backup power in the event of an outage.
The project will see Tesla Powerwall 2 home batteries delivered to up to 1,200 homes in Adelaide “representing 6MW of residential energy storage”, ARENA said. “A further 2MW of demand response capacity will be deployed across 10 commercial businesses.”
The virtual power plant is expected to be up and running by the end of 2019.
The plant will be the second in South Australia after ARENA previously provided AUD5m in funding to AGL to establish a virtual power plant of 1,000 households and businesses across Adelaide.