The ability of distributed solar+storage to provide grid services and strengthen the NEM is continuing to gain momentum. The latest development sees retailer Powershop partner with management and control technology provider Reposit Power to develop a VPP.
Powershop says the Grid Impact program will allow the retailer to call on distributed storage systems, charged with solar electricity, during times of peak demand.
“We have been talking to Reposit for a number of years now and are big fans of their technology,” said Powershop Australia CEO Ed McManus in a statement. “We are thrilled to be able to partner with them, meaning our customers that use their technology can both help take pressure off the grid at peak times, and also be financially rewarded.”
Powershop has been embracing renewables in its efforts to supply its customers with not only clean energy, but also at rates below that been offered by conventional generation sources. It recently announced it was dropping its retail rates in Victoria as more contracted renewables come online.
The South Australian Labor Party, as a part of its campaign for reelection, recently announced it was partnering with both Tesla and sonnen to roll out a VPP for 50,000 households.
By partnering with Reposit, Powershop now has the ability to pool the resources of its customers with distributed solar+storage.
Reposit Power CEO Dean Spaccavento said, “A low power bill comes from a smart solar battery matched with a great electricity plan. Grid Impact is a great plan that could see customers reduce their bills by up to 90% in the first year. We’re proud to be partnering with Powershop.”
pv magazine Australia has requested more details as to pricing under the Grid Impact VPP plan.