What we like about Energy Locals’ Ground-breaking Solar and Battery Solution in Sydney Apartment Building
This green initiative allows residents to reap the rewards of relying less on grid electricity. It does so by capturing solar power through its PV panels and storing it in batteries that are used to offset the building’s energy usage. Due to the configuration of the solar and battery installation, Energy Locals can shift the peak demand of the complex, reducing power usage when electricity demand is at its peak.
By shifting peak demand, the Schofield Gardens complex also relieves pressure on the electricity network. Furthermore, Energy Locals can capture electricity that’s produced during the day and on-sell it throughout non-solar generation periods, such as overnight or when there’s inclement weather.
“In its submission to Canstar Blue, Energy Locals claims the project is expected to reduce 203 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year, which in itself is a remarkable achievement,” said Canstar Blue’s Energy Editor, Jared Mullane.
“This is made possible through a solar and battery system that provides 70 megawatts of power generation per annum, plus a combined 324 kilowatt hours of storage capacity, enough to meet the entire power load of the complex at average usage for over five hours. Approximately 45 per cent of the complex’s overall power load is claimed to be met by carbon free electricity that’s generated and stored onsite.”
“Our judging panel were impressed by Energy Locals’ commitment to sustainable change delivered through their efforts and actions in increasing uptake of battery and solar energy in Australia.”
Jared Mullane – Canstar Blue Energy Editor
Energy Locals noted in its submission that it is committed to overcoming problems that may prevent other providers from executing or undertaking such initiatives. The retailer also stated this endeavour could not have been achieved without support from a range of stakeholders to ensure a clear pathway installing the solar and battery system without any disruption to the occupants within the apartment complex.
Energy Locals is an Australian-owned electricity provider that gives its retail and business customers access to cheaper wholesale rates in exchange for a monthly membership fee. All of its plans are certified 100% carbon neutral at no extra cost.