Ausgrid’s Narara community battery rolled out

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The 412-kilowatt-hour Narara community battery built by Ausgrid has gone live as part of the Australian Government’s Community Batteries for Household Solar program.

The battery, which is located on the NSW Central Coast, is the second to be deployed as part of a 400-strong national rollout.

The Federal Government said the community battery will provide cleaner, cheaper energy and enhance energy reliability during inclement weather.

1 in 3 Australian homes now have rooftop solar, and investments in storage like community batteries enable more households to access the cost-of-living benefits of solar energy.

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According to a recent analysis, rooftop solar can save homeowners in NSW $1015, or 48%, on their annual energy bills – but they require a grid that can provide consistent energy when the sun goes down.

Minister for Climate Change and Energy Chris Bowen said community batteries would aid households and the broader energy transformation.

“We committed to deploy 400 community batteries to help households access cheaper, cleaner energy, and that’s exactly what we’re doing with the fantastic local member for Robertson, Dr Gordon Reid today,” Minister Bowen stated.

“Community batteries store locally generated, clean, excess solar energy for later use, putting downward pressure on household electricity costs and easing pressure on the grid,” the Minister added.

According to Local MP for Robertson Dr Gordon Reid, the Narara Community Battery will assist Narara residents in utilising and storing excess rooftop solar power, benefiting the entire community.

“Community batteries help our suburbs transition to renewable energy, reducing our carbon footprint and helping with the cost of energy,” Dr Reid noted.

“I look forward to continuing to be a part of a Federal Government that is committed to rolling out community batteries across Australia,” Dr Reid added.

The Narara community battery is the second of 58 batteries being delivered through the Business Grants Hub, with the remaining 342 community batteries being managed by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).