A WA suburb looks to trial a community energy storage scheme as energy bills are set to rise again
Tuesday, 24 Apr 2018

The Mandurah City Council has voted in favour of trialling a community energy storage scheme which allows households with the benefit of having solar to store their excess energy generation in a locally shared battery.

A WA suburb looks to trial a community energy storage scheme as energy bills are set to rise again

Due to a large recent influx of solar systems having been installed in the city, Mandurah rates as one of Western Australia’s most prominent solar suburbs, and ranked third in the nation’s premiere solar hotspots.

Like many cities across Western Australia, Mandurah saw a dramatic increase in solar system installations over the past few years, which acted as the stimulus for the idea.

The battery will act as an energy bank (not unlike using a powerbank for your phone) and stores any and all excess electricity generated from your solar panels, instead of feeding the unused solar back into the commercial energy grid.

With the benefit of the battery, you are able to re-harness the use of your privately stored energy in times when you are set to be using more power, such as scorching summer days when the air conditioner is on maximum output or when the kids have a day off school and are camped out by the television watching Netflix for hours on end.  

Simply because of the demand for renewable energy from the Mandurah residents, they have been given this ability to use their energy how and when they want, but what is even more encouraging is that it’s not just the southern suburbs realising the benefits of solar and reaping the rewards.

2017 saw another increase in households moving to solar, with WA surpassing South Australia in terms of statewide installations, who have invested heavily in wanting to become the peak green energy state.

Following the trend from last year, last month saw the highest recorded amount of solar installations across Australia, which has been largely influenced by the high energy bills and the declining cost of solar energy systems.

But what many Western Australians may be unaware of is that the state government is looking to wildly increase your energy bills again.  

The state government have explained that they actually subsidise your electricity bill to around one-third of the true cost of electricity supply.

State Treasurer and Energy Minister, Ben Wyatt is now wanting the price of power to reflect the cost to provide the service and if this concept is to be enforced, households should expect an average increase of about 20%.

In dollar amounts this will reflect a rise in energy bills by around $200 within the next couple of years and without investing time into seeking the benefits of renewable energy, many Western Australian households will struggle to meet the ever rising costs of energy.

State Treasurer and Energy Minister, Ben Wyatt says the increase in energy bills are to reflect how much energy costs the state. Source: ABC.

In order to off-set these energy bill increases, more schemes like this one needs to happen, but can only do so with a further statewide investment in solar energy systems.

The energy division at AICA can help you achieve the renewable lifestyle you are after with high quality products at an affordable cost.

With a range of solar systems to fit all of your energy needs at your home or business, AICA will ensure your energy bills are to be drastically cut through the use of your own personal source of renewable energy.

To discover how solar can benefit your home, feel free to call our friendly team on 1800 242 228 where we will dedicate one of our renewable energy experts to cater to all of your energy needs.


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