The Western Australian Government has contracted Evergen and Rheem to supply third-party distributed energy resources (DER) for its $35.5 million Project Symphony pilot, harnessing the State’s rapid uptake of rooftop solar.

Project Symphony will harness the renewable power of 900 DER assets across up to 500 households and businesses in Perth’s Southern River area.

The contracts will enable Synergy to integrate Evergen and Rheem customer DER into Project Symphony, adding to the 600-plus assets already signed to the pilot.

State Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said the project was a forward-thinking solution to managing the State energy grid.

“Project Symphony is an innovative approach to coordinating our future energy system, as Western Australians embrace rooftop solar at a record rate,” Mr Johnston said.

“We expect by 2030, 50 per cent of households will have rooftop solar systems.

“Synergy’s contractual relationship with Evergen and Rheem presents a major step forward towards a distributed energy resources future, where sustainability is key for customers and stability is provided to WA’s power system.”

DER includes rooftop solar, batteries and electric vehicles, commonly located at houses or businesses, which can generate or store renewable electricity.

Excess electricity from DER is aggregated by Synergy to form a virtual power plant that can feed into the network in the same way as a traditional power station.

Project Symphony is a collaboration between the Western Australian and Federal Governments, Synergy, Western Power and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

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