A Virtual Power Plant Built With Solar and Storage Is a Blueprint for Australia’s Energy Future

By [email protected] Australia’s main renewable energy funding body is watching an AGL Energy project to see if it could be a blueprint for virtual power plants countrywide.

The AUD $20 million (USD $15 million) virtual power plant (VPP) being implemented by Sydney-based utility AGL will be made up of aggregated residential PV and battery units connected via a single software platform.

“This project could act as a catalyst and provide evidence for regulatory change to enable more Australian virtual power plants,” said Ivor Frischknecht, CEO of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

The 5-megawatt, 7-megawatt-hour project, which includes AUD $5 million ($3.8 million) of

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