I am not a notable tree hugging greenie. I am not the one leading the fight for global correctness. But I do care. When I have a practical opportunity to care, I am gonna jump right in.
In November 2016 I get the opportunity to jump right in.
AGL have a great idea. They may not have the only great idea. They have the idea that captured me.
AGL Virtual Power Plant
My twitter feed runs all day long in a corner of my screen. On August 5 I saw an announcement from AGL about this virtual power plant. This is a link to the press release.
I had recently installed AGL solar panels on my roof and was feeling eco self righteous. I liked what was on offer. AGL offered a well priced battery pack as long as I joined a groundbreaking electrical enterprise.
So… this is not just a battery pack. I do like the idea of moving some sunshine into my evenings. I know I make about 30kWh of power per day. In 20 days of November I have generated over 650kWh of power. And I have used less than 450kWh. But I am still paying for power. I cant get that daytime power into my nighttime living. Batteries will let me drag some of that sunshine into the evening. That is what I get and I will be happy.
But there is more.
AGL have want to lay batteries all across Adelaide. Perhaps as many as 1000 of them.
In summer, we all turn on our Air Con at 5.30 of an evening. Often the grid can't cope. AGL can draw on that stored power to assist the entire city. This sounds like a wonderful plan to me. Kind of crowd sourced energy. I am a fan of crowd sourcing.
I like the idea of Waze, the community based traffic map. And I am a big fan of Flight Radar 24 where aircraft fans can share what their equipment shows is in the air all across the planet. Now I can share a bit of the sunshine that falls on my roof with the rest of this city.
We have so much sunshine in Adelaide. It all slips off the end the of the Glenelg jetty and over the horizon to Perth and Mozambique. Such a waste. If we can keep 1000 batteries of sunshine here, I am all in.
I am quite proud to be the first to join this virtual power plant. Twitter has justified its existence for me.
My batteries arrive this week. I wanna share my excitement.
This is an innovative plan and I will continue to write about it over the next little while as I get used to what it offers.
I am not too worried about AGL using all my stored power but soon we will know.
I hope you find it interesting. Happy to respond to any questions and comments I manage to see.
As John Lennon once said… “Power to the people right on!”