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Beaches to host first community battery for excess solar power

Ausgrid unveiled a community battery in Beacon Hill, which will harness and store solar power from local homes today, 15 February.

The community battery works by allowing local residents to store their excess solar power, and is the first of its kind on Australia’s east coast.

The launch of the community battery marks the start of a two year trial being run by Ausgrid, that aims to transform the way solar energy is stored, reduce resident’s costs and trial a way to cost effectively increase the amount of clean energy that goes into the grid.

Ausgrid CEO Richard Gross welcomed NSW Minister for Energy and Environment Matt Kean and Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan to the unveiling today.

Northern Beaches Mayor Michael Regan said the Northern Beaches is the first on the east coast of Australia to trial the scheme.

“Beacon Hill was selected as the first trial location because a significant number of residents already have solar panels and because we know our community are such strong advocates for measures that protect our environment,” Mr Regan said.

The area in which residents with solar power can join the Ausgrid community battery trial. Image: Ausgrid

The Northern Beaches installation is the first of three community batteries planned for the Ausgrid network in 2021.

Batteries will be installed in suburbs in City of Canterbury Bankstown and Lake Macquarie City Council in the coming months.

This information is abridged version of supplied information in a government media release.  For more information about community batteries and to register your interest visit:


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