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Community batteries

A community battery is a shared neighbourhood battery solution that supports the grid by improving power reliability and smoothing power flow in a local area to enable further uptake of rooftop solar. Currently, a community battery doesn’t allow for individual storage (meaning you can’t draw on it to power your home when you’re not generating any solar energy) unless it is a PowerBank battery.

The PowerBank battery is being used in our community battery trials with Synergy, where in selected areas participants can store excess energy and then draw on it when needed to power their homes. PowerBank is the name of the battery we’re using. A community battery is another battery storage solution, however households who have access to one can only send their excess solar energy to the battery to support the grid, not draw energy from it.

Although community batteries benefit the entire community, whether customers in the area have rooftop solar panels or notthey don’t currently allow for individual energy storage. But there is potential in the future.

The PowerBank battery, in partnership with Synergy, is part of our community battery program and does allow for individual energy storage.

Once the PowerBank battery is installed, we identify suitable customers within the local government area and we invite them to sign up and pay subscription fee, currently $1.60-$1.90 per day. Battery storage like this is not suitable for... Read more

Unfortunately we’re currently not accepting expressions of interest.

This is because community batteries (including PowerBank batteries) are located in areas where there is a specific network need. This includes where the network requires upgrading or adjusting to maintain power reliability and quality. However, community interest and support is also an important consideration in determining the location of a community battery.

For the PowerBank battery,  Synergy is responsible for looking after customers involved in the trials. More information can be found on their website

City of Mandurah Meadow Springs – PowerBank battery

City of Mandurah Falcon – PowerBank battery

City of Swan Ellenbrook #1 – PowerBank battery

City of Swan Ellenbrook #2 – community battery

City of Wanneroo Two Rocks – community battery

City of Wanneroo Ashby - community battery

City of Canning Canning Vale - community battery

City of Rockingham Port Kennedy - community battery

City of Stirling Yokine - community battery

City of Kwinana Parmelia - community battery

City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder Kalgoorlie-Boulder - community battery

City of Busselton Vasse - community battery

Shire of Augusta-Margaret River... Read more

Community batteries offer improved power quality and lower the cost on tariffs, as they are currently more cost effective than a home battery solution.

Plans for expansion are underway. The locations of community batteries depend on a number of factors to ensure it provides optimal benefit for the community and the grid.

Western Power is funding the cost of the community batteries, which will deliver network savings and efficiencies.

The location of a community battery is based on comprehensive data and modelling work and is determined by several factors. Some of these include the amount of solar being generated from customer rooftops in a particular area, the age of the infrastructure in that area and any local pressure on the transformers.

One of the primary considerations is ensuring the battery location provides optimal benefit to the community and the grid. As they are designed to smooth the power flow by soaking up excess solar energy, they ultimately improve the performance of the network for customers in that area.

Yes. All our battery systems are required to meet regulations for licensed electrical works that include Australian Standards such as AS/NZS3000 (Wiring Rules), AS/NZS 4777 (Inverter Standard) and AS/NZS 5139 (Battery Installation Standard). The batteries also meet Australian and international safety standards and guidelines, and our battery system installs comply with Western Power Technical Rules and associated Western Power Manuals and Guidelines. Find out more about our guidelines and standards

The batteries contain Lithium Ion, which is the most common battery makeup with proven performance. They have a lifespan of 15+ years.

We have developed a panel of providers that includes Australian suppliers, however key components are sourced overseas. Most of the current fleet are Tesla models, and we partner with local installerers West Australian Alternate Energy.

Not at the moment, although they do help balance supply and demand and maintain voltage. This is a possibility we’re exploring for the future.