Endeavour Energy has formally launched Western Sydney’s first community battery, and is now inviting residents to join the program.
Endeavour Energy CEO, Guy Chalkley, said that community batteries are one of the ways Endeavour Energy is investing to help shape Western Sydney as a green energy hub.
“As the electricity network that has been powering Western Sydney for over 130 years, our customers and community rely on us to support their daily lives and livelihoods,” Mr Chalkley said.
“The Bungarribee Community Battery is a first for Western Sydney but the first of many more to come. It is an exciting innovation that will see our customers both be a part of, and benefit from the energy transition, whether they have rooftop solar or not, and whether they own their home or are renting.
“The installation of community batteries supports our target of becoming climate positive by 2040 and is part of our transition to a modern, clean energy grid that meets the changing needs of our customers with customers able to generate, store and share their energy.”
Mayor of Blacktown City, Tony Bleasdale, welcomed the battery to Bungarribee and the environmental and financial wins for the community.
“Blacktown City Council strongly supports the use of community batteries. This is the first community battery installed in Blacktown City and I am delighted that it will support our residents in reducing their household energy costs and their household carbon footprint,” Mr Bleasdale said.
“Council enthusiastically welcomes more community batteries across our city. The battery at Bungarribee will allow residents to access lower cost, environmentally friendly, renewable solar power without the cost of installing a battery or solar system.”
Origin will be providing the platform for customers to participate in the battery trial. Origin will also orchestrate the energy stored in the battery, including dispatch to the wholesale market, and work with Endeavour Energy to support electricity demand management.
Origin CEO, Frank Calabria, said he was pleased to be partnering with Endeavour Energy on this initiative, which recognises the value of batteries to customers and the rapidly changing energy market.
“We look forward to providing customers in Western Sydney with the chance to participate in this trial and believe there are strong opportunities to help communities enjoy the benefits of community batteries.”
Residents living within the Bungarribee trial area are invited to register their interest at www.endeavourenergy.com.au. Further information on the community battery and trial location is available here.
Featured image: A woman scans the information QR code at the Bungarribee Community Battery. Image credit: Endeavour Energy.