Synergy and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will deliver the $6.7 million trial at Alkimos Beach estate.
�Alkimos residents will be the first to benefit from emerging storage technology that can reduce the cost of electricity for consumers and help create more sustainable communities,� North Metropolitan MLC Peter Katsambanis said.
�The development and enhancement of energy storage technology is the key to maximising the benefits of solar energy, especially in a state like ours that is blessed with a perfect sunny climate.
�Energy storage will be the next technological break-through to help residents and communities manage their energy usage and save on energy costs.
�Developing energy storage capacity will also help the many local solar energy businesses in Perth� northern suburbs to grow and provide new job opportunities for local residents.�
Resident Sally Donaldson, who has a 1.5kW solar system on her home, will be among more than 100 residents who development partners Lend Lease and LandCorp expect to volunteer for the trial when they start recruiting.
�I�m really excited about it it�s a great thing that we have this available to us,� she said.
�It�s an opportunity for us to save money.�
Energy Minister Mike Nahan said the trial could set new standards in future infrastructure design, management of peak demand, help consumers save money and drive long-term behavioural shift in energy use.
�Energy storage technology is the next innovation in energy markets and will affect the design and operation of future energy infrastructure in new communities,� he said.
The trial involves installing a 1.1MWh energy storage device at the estate, and offering residents solar rebates and hot water system and other energy efficient appliances.
Residents will also get an in-home energy display unit that monitors energy generation and use; a variable price plan with reduced rates for network electricity; and advice to save energy and money.