Connect your existing solar battery to our Virtual Power Plant (VPP) and become part of a growing network of home solar batteries.

Your solar battery will work with otherto help take pressure off the electricity grid when needed - like on days when there’s high energy demand. This way, you’ll help boost energy reliability for your community.

To say thanks, you'll earn credits on your AGL electricity bill.

 

Why sign up to our VPP?

It works as an add-on to an AGL electricity plan, so there’s no installation or software required. 

  1. Get up to $280 in bill credits

    You’ll get a $45 quarterly credit and a one-off $100 sign-up bonus towards your AGL electricity bill over your first 12 months. Then, if you stay on our VPP beyond 12 months, you’ll continue to get $45 quarterly credits.  
     
    That's on top of any other benefits your plan offers, and the solar feed-in tariff you get when you supply energy back to the grid.

  2. Help your environment and community

    Our VPP is helping to build a cleaner, more reliable energy system for the future. Plus, it’s putting downward pressure on energy prices. 

  3. Get peace of mind with your power

    We'll manage your solar battery up to 30 times a year, but don’t worry, we’ll always ensure there’s enough energy left to help power your home. 

  4. Award winning innovation

    Don’t just take our word for it. Our Bring your own Battery offer was recognised with a 2020 Canstar Blue Innovation Excellence Award. 

  5. Monitor your power and bill

    Check the performance of your solar and battery system, and keep an eye on your energy bill - wherever you are. All in the AGL Energy App or My Account

Am I eligible to join? 

Family


You can join our VPP, if you: 

  • live in NSW, QLD, SA or VIC


  • have a compatible Tesla or LG Chem solar battery


  • have an operating solar system and a reliable internet connection


  • aren’t already part of a Virtual Power Plant 


  • have an electricity plan with us or are ready to make the switch. 


Ready to sign-up?

Call us on 1300 157 765 if you have a Tesla or LG Chem solar battery. Or provide a few details and we’ll call you back.

Keeping you connected

agl-app
Track your power 24/7

Keep an eye on your solar and battery system – wherever you are. All in the AGL Energy App or My Account. 

DOWNLOAD THE APP
battery-article-community
Discover renewables

Learn more about how solar battery storage works, what a VPP is, and how our innovation is helping to shape a brighter future. 

 
Learn more
batteries-family
Say hello to the community

Connect with other AGL Virtual Power Plant members across the country.

Learn more

FAQs

What’s a VPP?

A Virtual Power Plant, or VPP for short, is sometimes used to refer to a network of connected solar batteries that can be managed as one. 

The idea is that individual batteries can be coordinated, and in doing so become a pop-up power plant. So small amounts of energy stored in individual solar batteries can become a large amount of controllable energy. This can help stabilise the electricity grid and contribute to making energy more affordable in the future.  

What happens when you manage my solar battery?

How your battery is remotely managed depends on the circumstances at the time. It's based on the best way we think can help take pressure off the grid. 

Sometimes we’ll discharge energy from your solar battery and power your home. Any leftover energy will be supplied to the grid and you’ll receive your feed-in tariff as per your AGL electricity plan. 

Other times, we’ll either charge your battery from your solar system, or charge it from the grid (and you’ll pay your usual grid rate). There may also be times when we just hold your solar battery’s charge steady. 

 
How are the batteries connected?

Your solar battery has inbuilt software that allows us to talk to it in real-time. There are no wires or physical connections. 

How does the 30-event limit work?

We’ll actively manage your solar battery up to 30 times over 12 months, in ‘events’ that could vary in length. When we're actively managing your solar battery we'll either direct your solar battery to discharge energy to power your home (with excess being supplied to the grid), charge it from either your solar system or the grid, or hold its state of charge steady. 

Do I need to install anything?

You won't need to install any additional hardware. Providing you have a compatible Tesla or LG Chem solar battery, AGL's Virtual Power Plant can be added on to any AGL electricity plan.  

Will my AGL solar feed-in tariff be affected?

When you supply energy back to the grid, you’ll continue to receive your feed-in tariff as per your AGL electricity plan. 

Can I change my electricity plan when I'm connected to AGL's Virtual Power Plant?

You're free to switch your electricity plan at any time as there are no lock-in contracts. However, you must remain on an AGL electricity plan in order to connect to our virtual power plant.  

My solar battery isn't listed. Can I join?

We’re not quite ready to sign up all solar batteries. Right now, we can connect with Tesla Powerwall batteries or LG Chem RESU batteries with either the SolarEdge StorEdge inverter or SolarEdge inverter with HD-Wave technology. 

Let us know if you have a different battery or inverter type and we'll look to include it in our VPP in the future. Email us anytime at batteries@agl.com.au.