Community solar in Mayo | Solar Communities Program

The Turnbull Government’s $5 million Solar Communities Program will help community solar in Mayo – a rural electorate in South Australia. Four grants have been provided to local community groups to help install solar/energy storage systems and reduce their electricity bills. 

Community Solar in Mayo

Community Solar in Mayo
Community Solar in Mayo (source: Wikipedia)

According to energy minister Josh Frydenberg, there are four community groups in mayo which will receive grants through the Solar Communities Program, of which round 2 closed on June 7 and allows application for grants of up to $12,500 for rural solar projects: 

  1. Strathalbyn Woolshed received $8,897 to buy and install a 13.11kW solar pv system in order to help minimise their electricity bill.
  2. Nairne Oval Committee received $11,590 for an energy storage system to complement the existing 15kW solar system at the Nairne and District Sporting Complex.
  3. Macclesfield Recreation Grounds Committee received $9,790 to buy and install a 13.11kW solar system. This will supply ~75% of the ground’s energy requirements.
  4. Hill Radio received $10,249 to buy and install a 6.27kW solar system with battery storage to help minimise their electricity bill.

The Solar Communities Program is being delivered by the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science in conjunction with the Department of the Environment and Energy. The initial round of funding saw more than $2.8m delivered to 218 community groups. 150 groups are expected to be helped throughout round 2 of the Program.

The Solar Communities Program

According to a press release by Josh Frydenberg and reposted on the Renew Economy site, the program “provides funding for community groups in selected regions across Australia to install rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV), solar hot water and solar-connected battery systems to reduce their electricity costs.”

Here are some other examples of community solar in Australia:

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Tesla Powerpack Australia Cost, Installations

The Tesla Powerpack battery system allows for commercial-grade solar energy storage and is fast becoming the medium of choice for those that want a scalable, industrial solution to energy storage (e.g. the Tesla South Australia battery partnership currently being undertaken). 

About the Tesla Powerpack 2

Tesla has rolled out the Powerpack 2 worldwide, which is a scalable, adaptable commercial energy storage solution. They start at 50kW (AC) per Powerpack and can run up to 100MWh, depending on your requirements – it’s a fully modular system. Each Powerpack has 210kWh energy capacity, 100% depth of discharge, are fully IP67 compliant, and provide 380 to 480V 3 phase power.  They have 16 discrete battery pods, a thermal control system and myriad sensors to monitor and report on its performance/any problems that may occur. 

The Powerpack 2 comes with an inverter included and improves on its predecessor with more storage and higher efficiency. 

Over 300MWh of these batteries have already been deployed globally. SolarCity are using a 52MWh Powerpack (along with a 12MW solar farm) to bring 20 years of power to Kaua’i in Hawaii – they’re already installed in over 18 countries (and these figures are over a year old) and Elon Musk expects that “80% if not 90%” of all the stationary storage Tesla sell will be the Powerpack, not the Powerwall – so you can see what their plans are with regards to commercial solar vs residential solar. 

Just in case you’re thinking about ducking out to pick one up, please note that they weigh 1622kg each, and the inverter weighs 1200kg, so maybe have a protein shake first. 

Tesla Powerpack Datasheet is available on the Tesla website. 

Tesla Powerpack at the Logan Water Disinfection Plant

The ABC is reporting that installation of the Tesla Powerpack at the Logan City Council’s new water reservoir at Round Mountain has saved them $1.9 million in power connection costs. 

The Logan Water Infrastructure Alliance and local energy saving company CSR Bradford installed 323 PV Solar panels at the 20 Megalitre Round Mountain Reservoir, which provides drinking water for locals. To go alongside the solar panels a 95kWH Tesla Powerpack was installed and the council says this has resulted in a saving of $1.9million AUD and operational cost savings of around $50,000 per year. 

CSR Bradford Business Manager, Ashleigh O’Brien said the Logan City project was the first off-grid commercial solar and battery system in Australia powered by Tesla Powerpack. No doubt there will be many more!

Tesla Powerpack Australia Cost

Tesla Powerpack 2 Australia
Tesla Powerpack 2 Australia (source: tesla.com)

Tesla doesn’t have prices on their website (and this is quite a customised offering) but you can request a sales call from the official Powerpack page. Accredited Tesla suppliers will also be able to help you if you’re interested in business solar storage – this is not a cheap option but it can save a lot of money, as seen in the case above with Logan Council. 

If you’d like a hand please fill in the form to the right and we’d be happy to help – additionally, if you have any questions or would like to share your experience with the Powerpack please comment below! 

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