Community batteries

Community battery FAQs

 

What is a community battery?

A community battery is a relatively new concept in Australia. It’s a battery solution that allows solar customers to use more of the clean energy they generate, save on their electricity bills, and get more value from their solar investment, without needing to own and maintain their own household battery system. 

Unlike a household battery, a community battery allows solar customers connected to the same local distribution network to share in a larger ‘community’ battery that is owned and maintained by Ausgrid. 

Solar customers benefit from avoiding battery installation and maintenance costs and are able to choose unique storage levels for their individual needs.

But the benefits aren’t limited to solar customers.  

Community batteries encourage greater solar uptake by households and businesses, increasing the amount of renewable energy in the system, which can reduce peak demand and help distributors like Ausgrid place downward pressure on energy prices.

If we can demonstrate they can address specific network needs, community batteries could also offer a better alternative to traditional poles and wires investment. And finally, they make access to battery storage more equitable and accessible for all customers, particularly those who aren’t currently able to install their own solar system.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I still have questions, who do I ask?

We are working to finalise the details and locations as part of Phase One of our trial. Please continue to check this webpage for updates. If you have further questions please email the Ausgrid Community Battery Project Team on innovation@ausgrid.com.au.

We also encourage you to register your interest in our project to receive email updates and occasionally take part in our community research about this exciting new innovative technology.