Community Batteries are a shared neighbourhood battery solution where solar energy can be stored and retrieved. They offer an alternative to individual households purchasing their own battery storage system, saving them thousands of dollars and improving the state’s clean energy supply. Ausgrid has made a long-term commitment to renewable energy announcing it intends to progress plans to trial shared community batteries, in what could be a first for NSW.
We are preparing to undertake a trial of community batteries. Our goal is to offer our customers a storage solution that aligns fully with their expectations and allows them to take advantage of distributed energy resources and save on their electricity bills.
Customers subscribing to a community battery could enjoy benefits that don’t apply to customers who have installed a home battery system. These benefits could include:
A community battery, like any valuable shared asset also has the potential for wider community benefits such as:
To inform the trial we are proposing to undertake customer surveys and research to better understand customers’ priorities and preferences in regard to using batteries. We are asking for community members to register an interest to be part of our research or to be kept updated on our findings into how to make these community batteries a reality.