The Australian Renewable Energy Agency has announced $3.3 million funding for Synergy to trial a combination of rooftop solar photovoltaic with battery storage at a new housing development in Alkimos Beach, north of Perth in Western Australia.

The trial will involve combining 1.1 megawatt-hours of centralised lithium ion battery storage with more than 100 rooftop solar PV systems. The trial will also include new tariff options for consumers and has the potential to be replicated in future residential developments across Australia.

ARENA CEO, Ivor Frischknecht, said that “Combining storage and renewables has the potential to deliver significant savings to both consumers and developers by reducing grid connection costs for new homes. The valuable technical and commercial insights gained from this project could help overcome regulatory barriers and prove the case for adding renewables into the residential planning process.”