PowerBank trial to revolutionise bulk battery storage launched at Meadow Springs

Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Mayor Rhys Williams at the launch.
Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, Mandurah MLA David Templeman and Mayor Rhys Williams at the launch.

FIFTY two Meadow Springs homes will be allocated a maximum of 8kWH of virtual solar storage for $1 a day in a two year trial announced by WA Energy Minister Ben Wyatt at Meadow Springs this morning

It is Australia’s first trial to integrate bulk battery storage into the existing grid.

A 105kW Tesla battery, owned and operated by Western Power and Synergy, and connected to the grid in Meadow Springs will allow households with solar panels to maximise their existing grid connection.

It will be accessed by the 52 families chosen from 200 Meadow Springs households in a mail-out starting today.

Meadow Springs was chosen because it has the highest solar uptake in Australia, apart from a town in Queensland.

The PowerBank trial is aimed at making better storage more accessible and manageable.

Western Power chief executive Guy Chalkley, Energy Minister Ben Wyatt, Mandurah MLA David Templeman, Mayor Rhys Williams and Synergy chief executive Jason Waters at the launch.

It will be the first time in Australia that a utility-scale battery is integrated into an already established major metropolitan network to allow a shared storage service to meet the needs of individual customers..

Customers involved in the trial will be able to virtually store excess they generate during the day in the battery and draw down on that power during the peak evening period after 3pm.

They will be able to use 8kW of the PowerBank battery storage without having to outlay upfront costs for a behind the battery storage system.

Participants will be given greater access to their usage patterns and daily storage data online via the Synergy website, while maintaining reliability of supply from the Western Power grid connection on overcast days.

Homes taking part will not be locked into the program and can leave at any time.

Mr Wyatt said the trial had the potential to revolutionise how energy was supplied in WA.