NT’s first Virtual Power Plant in Alice Springs to be delivered by SwitchDin

by | Jun 2, 2022 | Alice, Business, News | 0 comments

Alice Springs Future Grid has appointed energy management technology vendor SwitchDin to deliver the technology that will manage and link solar and battery systems across Alice Springs, creating the first Solar Connect Virtual Power Plant (VPP) in the Territory.

Future Grid, a whole-of-system project, aims to provide Alice Springs with 50 per cent renewable energy by 2030.

By providing a comprehensive distributed energy orchestration technology platform for residential and commercial solar, batteries, electric vehicles and loads, SwitchDin will enable the Solar Connect VPP to provide an opportunity for the community to join Future Grid’s innovative trials in the coming months.

“Alice Springs has a strong history of renewable energy innovation, including the DKA Solar Centre, Bushlight, Alice Solar City, and the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy which designed and is leading the delivery of the Future Grid project,” Future Grid project director Lyndon Frearson said.

Mr Frearson said setting up the Solar Connect VPP involves engineering and economic trials, legal and regulatory arrangements and community engagement between the project’s partners.

The VPP project’s primary shareholders include Jacana Energy, Power and Water Corporation and the Arid Lands Environment Centre, with the project delivery being coordinated by the Intyalheme Centre for Future Energy on behalf of Desert Knowledge Australia.

CSIRO is also assisting by disseminating lessons learned across industry.

SwitchDin CEO Andrew Mears said the VPP will utilize Stormcould—a smart, digital platform that securely connects distributed energy sources throughout the grid making it secure and efficient—to enable connected communities to lessen their reliance on electricity and optimise the return on investment in solar and batteries.

“SwitchDin has worked with major energy retailers across Australia to create VPPs using Stormcloud,” he said.

The Future Grid is supported by both the Australian and Territory Governments and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency and is expected to be completed in mid-2023 with new data to be included in its reports, including a Roadmap to 2030.

More information can be found online at www.alicespringsfuturegrid.com.au.

Solar Connect participation or general enquiries can be directed to the Community Engagement team at [email protected] or by calling 1800 ALICE VPP (1800 254 238).

 

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