As work gets underway on Project Symphony, WA’s largest virtual power plant (VPP) pilot in the suburbs of Harrisdale, Piara Waters and Forrestdale in Perth, the Schools VPP Pilot Project is testing the concept at a level that could have benefits for more remote areas.
Seven regional schools in Geraldton, Kalbarri and Kalgoorlie will join 10 other schools that are already part of the school pilot project.
“The Schools Virtual Power Plant Pilot Project has the potential to play a major role in Western Australia’s energy transformation,” WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston says.
“As the first VPP in WA, it will support a blueprint for this kind of capability and technology into the future.”
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Virtual power plants consolidate the excess power generated by household and business solar systems and alternative renewable systems that are mushrooming up around Australia.
The excess power from each household battery is stored to inject into the network when demand is high but supply is low. It aims to improve the reliability and stability of the network.
Australia is already home to some of the world’s largest virtual power plants, such as the Tesla VPP in South Australia.
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