United Energy has been awarded $450,000 in Australian Renewable Energy Agency funding to test the ability of solar and storage technology to defer or eliminate the requirement for traditional network augmentation.

The $1.234 million project will see the deployment of a 4kW solar and battery storage systems to forty two households across the United Energy network.

UE’s Network Planning and Strategy Manager, Rodney Bray says the advances in solar and battery storage technology to fundamentally change the way utilities plan their networks.

“Solar and energy storage has the potential to play a key role in future energy infrastructure. Using this technology to defer or eliminate the requirement for traditional network augmentation will, ultimately, help us drive down network costs for customers without compromising safety or reliability.

“As battery prices fall in the future, solar coupled with storage has the potential to become an economically feasible alternative to traditional, costly network augmentation.”

The funding has been awarded under ARENA’s Advancing Renewables program which supports a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that can deliver affordable and reliable renewable energy for Australian families and businesses.