Plan to fund distributed energy

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has launched a A$12,5-million funding drive aimed at supporting the integration of distributed energy resources. The funding initiative aims to support increasing shares of distributed solar PV and batteries, and help distributed energy resources (DER) in homes and businesses to contribute to grid reliability. DER encompasses behind-the-meter technologies such as rooftop solar, home batteries, inverters, controllable loads (both in the home and at commercial and industrial facilities), electric vehicle charging points, smart appliances and systems (such as fridges, air conditioning systems, hot water heaters and pool pumps) as well as relevant enablers such as smart meters and data services. The agency has allocated $5,78-million for projects such as advanced monitoring and control schemes to manage power flow, voltage fluctuations and other system requirements in real time, with the objective of allowing the system to operate securely with minimal constraints on exporting energy to the grid.

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