While Australia is leading the way in the installation of rooftop solar systems, there are many people who can’t put panels on their roof. This could be because they are renting, living in an apartment or a home without a suitable roof, or there may be financial constraints preventing the investment.
Providing greater access to the benefits of solar
In our pursuit of innovative solutions to help Australians manage their energy, with control and flexibility, we’ve been working on the trial and development of a new energy trading platform for customers.
AGL Solar Exchange is an online marketplace enabling households with a solar system installed to trade their excess solar power, allowing customers to save money on their electricity bill or help others to save on theirs. Customers without solar can participate in this marketplace without installing a single panel by purchasing solar tokens on the exchange.
AGL Solar Exchange is the largest consumer energy trading trial in Australia, with more than 250 Victorian customers participating since the pilot launched in August this year.
How does AGL Solar Exchange work?
For customers producing more solar than they need, the platform allows them to trade this excess solar in the form of solar tokens. These tokens can be sold to family, friends, or even other AGL customers who are part of the trading community but don’t have solar panels.
The participants without solar panels buy tokens, proportional to how much electricity they use. The platform then matches buyers with sellers to complete compatible trades.