Sunverge Energy, aiming to be a major player in residential solar plus storage in Australia, has begun a partnership project with Ergon Energy of Queensland and SunPower. Photo credit: Ergon Energy
By Jason Deign
US system developer Sunverge Energy last week beefed up its Australian operations amid growing signs of a residential energy storage market boom Down Under.
The company unveiled a tie-up with Queensland utility Ergon Energy to pilot 33 solar-plus-storage systems in conjunction with SunPower, the PV panel manufacturer that Sunverge already has a partnership deal with in the US.
“This is Ergon Energy’s first residential solar and storage project to be piloted in a limited release commercial offer,” said Sunverge in a press release.
The trial, which should be up and running before the end of the year, will cover Ergon customers in Toowoomba, Townsville and Cannonvale and is supported by AUD$400,000 from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).
It is believed Sunverge’s Solar Integration System products will be tied to Panasonic batteries for the Ergon pilot. Sunverge clearly sees the trial as the tip of a potentially large iceberg.
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Energy storage Australia: we explain the reasons for the huge growth in residential solar battery storage and look at the main companies in the market. Photo credit: Ergon Energy
By Dr Geoff James
Affordable battery energy storage is on Australia’s doorstep and getting an open-armed welcome.
And it is the residential sector that is driving demand, likely to overtake utility-scale installations next year to become the dominant grid-connected storage resource.
Only the immature supply chain can slow the growth of residential storage and with it the new energy democracy.
Several factors combine to make a perfect storm that will blow away old business models and energy industries unwilling to adapt.
Firstly, Australia has lots of rooftop solar PV generation, about 3GW and over 20% of households, which is significant on a world scale.
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