The Dunsborough Community Energy project is Australia’s first privately funded Virtual Power Plant based right here in the South West. It is a Community built owned and managed renewable energy facility with the goal of reducing household energy costs and moving toward a 90% renewable energy target across the South West and the rest of Western Australia.
Our aim is to democratize energy – giving power to the people by putting them in charge of their own supply and use of energy. We see this as the future of our energy grid in a big state like WA, particularly for the regions.
A Virtual Power Plant (or VPP) is made up of 1000 individual household Solar and Battery Redback systems, spread across Dunsborough, sized to meet average household energy needs. The systems will be connected by advanced aggregation and control software developed in Australia and operated in Western Australia.
With 1000 households in the project, the Virtual Power Plant can provide 6.5MW of solar at peak, 9.6GWH of energy per year and displace 7KT of carbon emissions (CO2-e) every year. Building a 90% renewable grid starts with household showing the way and we hope that this project will grow beyond 1000 homes and business and be replicated in other regional area in Western Australia.
This project has been made possible due to our sustainable investment partners SUSI and our design and technology team at WA based Redback Energy.
SUSI will provide $12.5 + million worth of equity funding to ensure participants do not have to pay upfront costs to be part of the project. This will enable all community members to be 90% renewable in their homes. Redback Energy procure the solar panels and inverters, professionally install all systems, offer ongoing tech support and will run an operations center to manage the Virtual Power Plant.
So what does this mean for you as a homeowner or business? For a flat fee of $35 per week, each home or business will receive 1 Redback 5.5 KVA Inverter, 6,6kw of Suntech 300w solar panels, 9.6kwh of Pylontech (LiFePo4) batteries and installation by trained installers, included. Each participant will have access to advanced software interface with all metering included and lifetime service and replacement as part of the lease agreement.
For every system installed, Redback Energy will provide $250 to the Dunsborough Community Energy Project “community fund”. This money will then be distributed to fund local community projects in schools, sporting clubs and or other projects such as a Dunsborough community pool.
Over the 10-20 year lifecycle of this project additional income and dividends will be attracted to the Dunsborough Community Energy Project, potentially raising up to $8million in funds. The community participants will then be able to vote on how this is spent – lowering energy costs further or giving back to local community projects.
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