New investment toward “the standard railway gauge of solar and batteries”

Dept of Climate Change, Energy, Environment & Water

Australia has more rooftop solar in the world per capita than any other country and are increasingly taking up EVs and batteries. But multiple digital standards and platforms are holding consumers back from making the most of the power generated in homes and businesses.

The Albanese Government will make this easier by investing through Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) close to $1.6 million in two projects that will remove barriers to renewable energy powering the grid.

Building a common digital platform for solar, batteries and other consumer energy resources to work together could unlock up to $6 billion in benefits over the next 20 years, according to analysis by Deloitte Access Economics.

The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) will work with industry to develop an Open Data Exchange that will make orchestration of consumer energy easier.

AEMO will develop an Open Data Exchange to make it possible for more data to be collected about clean energy technology like solar and batteries. This critical digital infrastructure will ensure consumers get value by ensuring small scale technologies are fully utilised, connected and able to sell energy to the grid.

Assistant Minister for Climate Change and Energy Jenny McAllister said the Albanese Government was determined to back consumers to make the most of the solar, batteries and other tech in their homes and businesses.

“Common digital infrastructure for solar and batteries is the standard railway gauge of the modern energy system,” Assistant Minister McAllister said.

“Rooftop solar is the second largest source of capacity in the national electricity system. Making the most of home energy means we can make energy more reliable and more affordable for everyone.

“As Australians adopt more technology like batteries, EVs and smart appliances, being able to interact easily with the grid will only become more important.

“This work contributes to the Albanese Government’s reliable renewables plan. People are powering their homes and this work will help them power the grid too.”

AEMO will co-design the Open Digital Exchange with the input of industry. The project builds on recommendations from Project EDGE, an ARENA-funded AEMO project that demonstrated a proof-of-concept marketplace for consumer energy resources.

ARENA is separately providing $336,000 funding to GridWise Energy Solutions as part of an $800,000 software project that will make it easier for renewable energy to be connected to the grid.

The online assessment platform will streamline the current process by reducing duplication of work and making it simpler and faster to assess connection of new renewable generation.

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