The South Australian energy landscape is characterised by high penetration of renewable energy, including rooftop solar PV. This has presented challenges to energy providers in the region who are responsible for the reliable supply of power to customers.
Simply Energy – an Australian energy company who provides electricity to more than 600,000 customers – saw an opportunity to diversify its energy services and offerings to end customers, while also supporting the local network.
By partnering with GreenSync to establish a 6 MW virtual power plant (VPP), made up of 1200 residential batteries, and managed via the deX platform, Simply Energy developed new ways to engage with customers, creating new value streams and providing market support.
The project is in collaboration with South Australia’s sole electricity distributor, SA Power Networks, who is responsible for over 850,000 homes across the state and has received co-funding from ARENA as part of the Advancing Renewables Program.