Ausgrid prepares to take customers off the grid with solar and batteries

Source: RenewEconomy

26 November 2020

Ausgrid has begun making preparations to take some customers off the main grid, putting out a call for expressions of interest from suppliers of stand alone power systems (SAPS) based around solar and battery storage.

The Ausgrid tender is expected to be one of many by networks across Australia as they take advantage of new rules that encourage them to take remote and regional customers off the grid if cost savings and improved reliability can be demonstrated.

Networks have long known that many of their remote customers can be incredibly expensive to serve, because of the cost of building and maintaining poles and wires over long distances, particularly managing vegetation, fire and storm risks.

The high cost of these connections is shared with all customers, so replacing them with smarter, renewable based systems will lower costs for everyone.

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