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Do I need solar panels to be able to connect to a community battery?

No. All households in the same area where a community battery is installed are ‘connected’ to the battery. While this doesn’t mean the household is physically connected to it, you still get the benefits of battery support - as community batteries smooth energy flows on the network, they improve power quality and allow more households to get rooftop solar.

However, only households with solar panels are invited to take part in the PowerBank community battery product. This allows them to virtually store their excess solar for later use. Only customers with a certain energy usage profile are invited to take part as not all customers would benefit from being part of a PowerBank trial.