Grants awarded to back 600 batteries in Canberra

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September 1 (SeeNews) - The Australian Capital Territory's (ACT) government today announced the winners in a tender for AUD 2 million (USD 1.5m/EUR 1.4m) in grant funding to back the installation of smart batteries.

The funding has been awarded to eight companies and will support more than 2 MW of solar-integrated storage across more than 600 Canberra homes and businesses, environment and climate change minister Simon Corbell said. The winning bidders are ActewAGL Retail, Energy Matters, EPC Solar, Evergen, ITP Renewables, Origin Energy, Power Saving Centre and Solarhub.

The auction is part of the ACT government goal to support 36 MW of distributed battery storage by 2020. "Battery storage is an important complementary technology for the Government’s target of 100% renewable energy by 2020," Corbell said.

Homeowners who install a smart battery with one of the successful companies will get a discount of up to AUD 825 for each kW of peak sustained output installed, the minister explained. Residential batteries installed under the programme typically range from 2 kW to 5 kW. They can be connected to a new or existing solar system.   

Corbell also said that more than 100 batteries have been sold so far as a result of the pilot grants awarded earlier this year.

Welcoming news it will continue in the programme, utility ActewAGL, meanwhile, said that the first family to purchase an ActewAGL battery system in December 2015 has so far saved AUD 500. The family can now expect a 50% lower annual bill of around AUD 1,100, according to its announcement.

ActewAGL also said it will add two new battery products, Sunverge and SolaX, to its existing Panasonic offer.

(AUD 1.0 = USD 0.747/EUR 0.679)

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