Orchestrating tomorrow’s energy system today
How we generate, manage and consume energy is changing.
One in three households in Western Australia has rooftop solar, equivalent to almost 2 gigawatts of renewable energy generation. Collectively, this represents the largest source of electricity generation on the South West Interconnected System (SWIS).
Growth in consumer-owned distributed energy resources (DER), such as rooftop solar panels, in-home batteries and electric vehicles, will increase further as more solar systems with integrated battery storage come online.
However, the widespread uptake of rooftop solar creates challenges and opportunities for the delivery of electricity.
A high proportion of decentralised, unmanaged DER poses a risk to the stability of the State’s power network. This is caused by low or fluctuating energy demand at critical times.
What is Project Symphony?
Project Symphony is an innovative pilot project designed to ‘orchestrate’ approximately 900 DER assets across 500 homes and businesses in the Southern River area s of Atwell, Harrisdale and Piara Waters into a Virtual Power Plant (VPP).
The VPP will aggregate the electricity generated by the DER and dispatch excess supply to the network in the same way as a traditional power plant.