Tassie residents to live in 'mini power stations'

Homes on Bruny Island to be given 40 solar panels and profit from excess energy

Residents of Bruny Island, Tasmania have been offered the chance to turn their homes into mini power stations that will help bolster the island’s electricity supply during busy holiday periods.

The three-year CONSORT project involves the installation of solar panels and batteries in up to 40 homes on Bruny Island, with specific software included that allows home owners to sell any power excess back to the grid.

The initiative is anticipated to help manage periods of peak energy demand in the region, such as busy holiday seasons.

CONSORT will be led by the Australian National University, which will be joined by some additional researchers at the University of Tasmania and University of Sydney.

Electricity network provider TasNetworks will also be collaborating on the project, along with technology partner Reposit – a Canberra-based startup that developed the software used by residents to sell power back to the grid.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is also providing $2.9 million to help fund the project.

Reposit co-founder Dean Spaccavento said Bruny Island will become a great example of how Reposit’s technology can transform the energy system while benefiting consumers.

“A battery with a solar panel can be converted into a remarkable power station,” said Spaccavento.

“It’s fast and can both produce and consume power in an instant. It’s just the type of power station that the future needs.

“We think it’s very important that homes across Australia be able to participate in electricity markets.”

Reposit systems are available to residences elsewhere in the National Electricity Grid.