Power your community with our Virtual Power Plant.

Become part of a growing network of solar batteries helping to create a cleaner energy future.

What's a Virtual Power Plant

A Virtual Power Plant, or VPP for short, is a network of connected solar batteries that can be coordinated like a pop-up power plant. 

Together, the energy drawn from each battery can provide a large bank of controllable solar energy. This solar energy can help stabilise the electricity grid and reduce reliance on coal power. It helps create a future where energy is more affordable and renewable.

What do I get for joining?

We've got more than one way to thank you for supporting your community. If you're looking to buy a new solar battery or solar battery bundle or have one installed via a third-party installer, you can get up to $1,000 off the upfront cost by joining our VPP. Already have a solar battery you'd like to connect? We'll give you $100 for signing up, and $45 quarterly credits on your bill if your battery's eligible to connect.

How our VPP works

We'd love you to join our Virtual Power Plan (VPP) if you've got an eligible solar battery, are ready to buy a new one, or are getting one installed via a third-party installer.

When you sign up to our VPP we’ll add it right onto your AGL electricity plan, or help you make the switch if you're not with us already. Connection is wireless, so there's no installation.

We'll manage your solar battery remotely based on the best way we think we can help take pressure off the grid. You can rest easy knowing you'll always have enough energy for your home, and you'll be helping to support the energy needs of your community when you can.

Sometimes we'll discharge energy from your solar battery to power your home. Any leftover energy will be fed into the grid. You'll earn the solar feed-in tariff on your next bill.

Other times, we'll charge it from either your solar system or the grid. If it's charged from the grid, you'll pay your normal grid rate. There might also be times when we hold your solar battery’s charge steady.

We'll occasionally manage your solar battery. This could mean small increases to your bill - but never more than $50 (GST incl.) every 12 months.

By being part of the VPP, you'll help drive down future energy costs in the long term, create a more reliable grid and transition to a more renewable future. But the rewards don't stop there.

If you bring your own solar battery, we'll give you:

  • $100 bill credits sign up bonus
  • $180 bill credits every 12 months (or $45 quarterly)

If you buy a solar battery or a solar battery bundle or have one installed via a third-party installer, we'll give you:

  • $1,000 off the upfront cost of your solar battery

Why sign up to our VPP?

Get rewarded

From sign-up credits to savings on your energy bills, you'll be well rewarded for taking the initiative to join our VPP.

Help the enviroment

On top of supporting your community, you'll be building a cleaner, more reliable energy system for the future. That's better for the environment, and better for you.

Get award-winning inovation

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

Am I eligible?

We'd love you to join our VPP. You're eligible if you:

  • have a reliable internet connection
  • have or are buying an operating solar system as part of a solar battery bundle
  • have or are buying a compatible Tesla Powerwall, Sungrow High Voltage Battery, LG Home Battery or SolarEdge Energy Bank Battery with SolarEdge inverter
  • aren't already part of a Virtual Power Plant, or are able to change.
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Questions? We have answers.

There are no lock-in contracts, so you're free to switch plans anytime. Though you'll need to stay on an AGL electricity plan in order to connect to our VPP.

If you buy a solar battery or solar battery bundle and choose to leave the VPP within five years, you'll just have to pay back the $1,000 you got off the upfront cost in proportion to how much of your 5 year membership has transpired (pro-rata).

You can leave our VPP whenever suits you, though we'll be sad to see you go.

If you bring your own battery to our VPP there are no exit fees should you choose to leave.

If you join when you buy a solar battery or bundle, you'll have to pay back the $1,000 you got off the upfront cost in proportion to how much of your five year membership has transpired (pro-rata).

The solar battery and inverters that are sold as part of our VPP come with a manufacturer’s express warranty that participating in our VPP won’t void. Each manufacturer warranty deals with VPP participation differently, so we encourage you to read the warranty for your solar battery for guidance. Contact our solar battery experts on 1300 447 465 if you have any questions.

Overall, we would expect your solar battery to reduce your electricity bills over time. Our solar battery experts can help calculate your savings.

There is no fee to be part of the VPP.