Introducing AGL's Virtual Power Plant

Join the final stage of AGL’s Virtual Power Plant and you can help cut your electricity bills by using more of the solar produced by your home.*

Adding a battery is more affordable than ever thanks to AGL’s Virtual Power Plant. Choose LG Chem and SolarEdge technology starting from $3,990 or power your home with Tesla Powerwall 2 from $7,990.

Get involved and you’ll also be doing your bit for energy security in South Australia, by helping to demonstrate new ways of managing grid stability with connected battery technology.

Keep reading to see if you’re eligible to join.

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*Eligibility criteria apply. Offer is limited. AGL reserves the right to extend the offer and the offer may be subject to change or expiry without notice.

Power for you, and the community

Install a connected battery and use more of the solar energy produced by your home, while testing new ways of helping the electricity grid handle periods of instability.

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    Great battery price

    Get battery technology for your home starting from just $3,990.*
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    Maximise your solar

    Help lower your electricity bills by storing excess solar to use when the sun isn't shining.
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    Backup power

    Choose a backup compatible battery system and power key appliances even during a power outage.^
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    Be part of the solution

    Help cut your energy bills while doing your bit to help manage grid stability.

*Eligibility criteria apply. Offer is limited; AGL reserves the right to extend the offer and the offer may be subject to change or expiry without notice. ^Backup power is available on backup compatible models only. Depending on your home electricity wiring and phasing, an additional cost may be payable. The LG Chem battery + SolarEdge HD-Wave inverter bundle cannot be backup power enabled. The availability of backup power during a power outage is dependent on having excess power stored in your battery to use at the time of any power outage.

*Battery Cell Only energy capacity at Depth of Discharge 95%. ^An additional fee of $399 is payable for all LG Chem RESU10H + SolarEdge StorEdge customers and Tesla Powerwall 2. The LG Chem battery + SolarEdge HD-Wave inverter bundle cannot be backup power enabled. The availability of backup power during a power outage is dependent on having excess power stored in your battery to use at the time of any power outage. #A detailed site inspection will be conducted by AGL to assess your home’s individual suitability for a wall installation and indoor installation.

How it works

Your solar battery stores any excess energy produced by your solar system, to use when you need it. It’s a great way to use more of the renewable produced by your panels and less from the grid, which could help you lower your electricity bills.

AGL’s Virtual Power Plant can support the electricity grid when it needs it by discharging your battery. When this happens, your battery will discharge power to your home and any excess will be exported to the grid. You’ll always get a retailer feed-in tariff credit on your bill if your energy is exported to the grid. There may also be times when your battery is charged using energy supplied from the grid to provide a local network support or grid stabilising service.

Who's eligible?

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You may be eligible to participate in AGL’s Virtual Power Plant if you:

  • Own an appropriately sized solar system.
  • Own your own home.
  • Currently generate more solar energy than you’re using in your home.
  • Are an existing AGL electricity customer, or want to make the switch.
  • Live in an eligible suburb of metropolitan Adelaide.
  • Are not currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff.*

*If you are currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff, installing a battery will affect your eligibility to access that scheme. You should consider your own personal circumstances when considering purchasing a battery as part of this Virtual Power Plant offer.

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Frequently asked questions

What is a virtual power plant?

A virtual power plant put simply is a collection of individual batteries that are managed in unison to help support the grid.

AGL's Virtual Power Plant will involve the installation of 1000 batteries in individual households, helping to power customers' homes while demonstrating new ways of managing grid stability.

The battery installed in your home stores excess solar energy produced by your system. This can help you to use more of your own solar energy and less from the grid. Any energy discharged from the battery will be used by the home first, with any additional energy then exported to the grid, allowing you to receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT).

In some instances, AGL's Virtual Power Plant uses the solar energy stored in individual home batteries to help support the electricity grid during peak usage times, helping you to use solar energy within your home while helping to increase grid stability for the community.

If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL's Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.


How is AGL’s Virtual Power Plant unique?

AGL's Virtual Power Plant is designed to help energy users in South Australia take control of their electricity bills with battery and solar technology.

Here are some of the features of AGL's Virtual Power Plant:

  • Participants own the battery that is installed in your home, in addition to a solar system.
  • Any energy discharged from the battery will be used by the home first, before excess solar is exported to the grid.
  • Participation in the Virtual Power Plant is for a 5-year period.

Participants can save on the cost of their battery thanks to a heavily subsidised program cost, while also potentially saving on their energy bills by using more solar energy and less from the grid.


Is AGL’s Virtual Power Plant right for me?

AGL's Virtual Power Plant is open to eligible metropolitan Adelaide homeowners who meet the following criteria:

  • Own an appropriately sized solar system
  • Own your own home
  • Currently generate more solar energy than you're using in your home
  • Are an existing AGL electricity customer or want to make the switch
  • Live in an eligible suburb of metropolitan Adelaide
  • Are not currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff

If your home generates sufficient excess solar energy you could benefit from participating in AGL's Virtual Power Plant, by using more of the solar energy you produce.

If you are currently on a government solar bonus scheme feed-in tariff, installing a battery will affect your eligibility to access that scheme. You should consider your own personal circumstances when deciding whether to purchase a battery as part of this Virtual Power Plant offer.

You must be an existing AGL electricity customer or wanting to make the switch to participate in this offer and remain with AGL for your electricity for the term of the agreement. If you're currently with another electricity retailer, one of our friendly AGL customer representatives can help you make the switch.

Join the final phase of AGL's Virtual Power Plant by purchasing LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more and register your interest.


Is this offer to join AGL's Virtual Power Plant limited?

There are limited places available in AGL's Virtual Power Plant. Submit your details in this final phase of the program and an AGL battery expert will be in touch. The offer, including price and eligibility criteria are subject to change.


Is the AGL Virtual Power Plant offer only available in South Australia?

Yes. AGL is pioneering virtual power plant technology as part of our demonstration project, with 1,000 battery installations being rolled out in metropolitan Adelaide.

This offer is currently only available in eligible suburbs in metropolitan Adelaide.

If you do live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL's Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.


How can AGL’s Virtual Power Plant help me save?

AGL's Virtual Power Plant makes battery technology affordable for everyday South Australian households, by heavily subsidising the price for participating customers.

A battery can help you to use more of the solar energy you produce when the sun isn't shining but when your household uses most of its energy – at night, or early in the morning for example. By using more of your solar energy and less energy from the grid, you could help lower your electricity bills.

Individual electricity bill savings will vary, depending on energy usage, seasonality, solar system performance, and battery performance.

Speak to an AGL battery expert to learn more about whether an AGL Virtual Power Plant battery could help you save.

If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL's Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.


What is the benefit of digitally connecting batteries in the Virtual Power Plant?

By being a part of AGL's Virtual Power Plant and purchasing a digitally connected battery, you can access a heavily subsidised battery price, helping you to enjoy the benefits of battery technology in your home for less.

You can also store renewable energy for use when it's needed, which could help you lower your electricity bills, while doing your bit for the community by allowing your connected battery to offer grid support services when needed.


Do Virtual Power plant participants own the battery in their home?

Yes, with AGL's Virtual Power Plant you own the battery that is installed in your household unlike other virtual power plant projects where participants access the technology via a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) and someone else owns the system.


How does AGL actively manage my battery to help support grid stability?

Your battery will use energy management software and inbuilt digital technology to help us intelligently manage your battery.

Most of the time, your battery will discharge power to your home so you don't need to draw as much energy from the grid.

Occasionally, your battery will be used to provide a local network support or grid stabilising service, for example when there is high demand or instability in the grid. If that happens, your battery will discharge power to the grid, usually at a time when your battery would be discharging anyway. You will receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT) when energy stored in the battery is exported to the grid.

There may be instances where your battery is charged using energy supplied from the grid. We'll aim to minimise the impact on your battery performance and potential savings when this occurs. Energy used from the grid will be charged at your contracted energy tariff rate and will be reflected on your AGL electricity bill.


Will my battery power my home before helping support the Virtual Power Plant?

Any energy discharged from the battery will be used by the home first, and any additional energy discharged that can't be used by the home at the time will be exported to the grid.You will receive your standard Retail Feed-in Tariff (RFiT) when solar energy stored in the battery is exported to the grid.

How long will I participate in AGL’s Virtual Power Plant and can I exit?

The agreement to participate in the Virtual Power Plant is for a 5-year period. To participate in the Virtual Power Plant, you must remain an AGL electricity customer for the 5-year term of the agreement.

Unlike other virtual power plant projects in Australia and overseas, you own the battery and/or solar system installed in your home during and after your participation in the program.

By participating in AGL's Virtual Power Plant demonstration project, you will have a battery installed at a great price. If you choose to exit the agreement before the scheduled end date, you will be required to pay an early termination fee. The fee is capped and takes into account the period you have participated in the program and the total value of the products installed. This early termination fee is listed in the terms and conditions provided with your quote.

If you move to a new house, AGL may agree to transfer your contract to be part of the Virtual Power Plant program and ownership of the battery to the new owner or arrange for your battery to be transferred to your new property at your cost, provided that your new property meets our eligibility criteria.

If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL's Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.


Do I need to remain connected to the grid if I’m part of the virtual power plant?

Yes. We'll need your home to stay connected to the electricity grid to be a part of AGL's Virtual Power Plant and help to support the grid. This way you can also power your home in the event that your solar system is not generating enough energy and you do not have stored energy in your battery.

If you live in Adelaide and have an existing AGL or non-AGL solar system, you may be eligible to join the final phase of AGL's Virtual Power Plant. Purchase LG Chem or Tesla Powerwall battery technology at a great price. Visit agl.com.au/powerinnumbers to learn more.


Is AGL’s Virtual Power Plant backed by a government agency?

Yes, AGL's Virtual Power Plant is partly funded by ARENA through the Advancing Renewables Program.


Is AGL's virtual power plant the one announced by the South Australian government?

The virtual power plant announced by the South Australian government in partnership with Tesla is a different program to AGL's Virtual Power Plant. You can learn more about the key features and details of AGL's Virtual Power Plant by reading through our FAQs and website.


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