Evergen Positioned for Round 3 of the ACT Government’s Next Generation Energy Storage Program
One of the largest roll-outs of household batteries in the world started in the ACT in early 2016, with the ACT Government launching the Next Generation Energy Storage Program. The Program is now heading towards its third phase with Evergen one of the leading participants.
Initially, three grants of $200,000 were provided to participants in the program to support the installation of battery storage in around 200 Canberra homes and businesses through the first competitive grants round. Following from the success of Round 1, a further grants round (Round 2) saw the ACT Government award $2 million in funding across eight companies through a competitive grants process, supporting battery storage for around another 600 Canberra homes and businesses by 31 December 2017. The latest grants round (Round 3) opened on 20 September 2017, demonstrating the continuing success of the program.
ACT Minister for Climate Change, Shane Rattenbury, said that this is the largest roll out of its kind in the world and will help to safeguard the territory’s grid against outages in peak periods. “With smart technology connected to batteries, Canberrans are selling their stored energy back to the grid during peak periods when electricity prices are high.” Minister Rattenbury said. “What we can see with this sort of battery system is we can offset those absolute peaks. It means you don’t need to build more grid capacity, you can actually use this smart technology to really help iron out those extreme peaks in the grid.”
Evergen sees the Next Generation Energy Storage Program as a model for the rest of the country. Evergen CEO Emlyn Keane said “By subsidising battery storage at the household level it decentralises the ownership and control of our energy infrastructure. It means that the economic benefit of those systems stays in the hands of the community where it belongs. With rising energy prices across the country, people are crying out for more control of their energy costs and this program is a way to help literally put their energy supply back in their own hands.”
Evergen’s solar and battery systems are integrated through testing and selection with the CSIRO. The systems learn and forecast energy use and solar production then intelligently optimise the source of power between solar, battery and the grid to save the maximum amount of money. The systems are managed on a daily basis by Evergen, who take responsibility for the delivery of ongoing performance.
Through the Next Generation Energy Storage Program, Evergen is offering rebates of up to $3,000 off battery systems for residents of the ACT.
For more information, go to https://www.evergen.com.au/act-offer/