With the recent boom in rooftop solar installations and the issues it may be contributing to the grid (particularly in WA and SA), COMMUNITY BATTERIES (storage located at the distribution level) make a lot of SENSE.

Multiple BENEFITS/value stacks to arise:
– Less curtailment of existing BtM solar PV systems
– Network load shifting (charge during the day in the evening)
– Asset utilisation (batteries better utilised than BtM)
– Delay network upgrades.

DOWNSIDES are that it will not provide backup power and local residents will receive nominal benefits to their energy bill.

With energy independence not a focus in urban Australia. A combination of COMMUNITY and EV batteries appears to be the optimal storage mix of the future.

What mix?
What technologies/chemistries?

Time will tell

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Ausgrid, United accelerate network push into community battery storage