Western Australia Plans a Solar “Virtual Power Plant”

What is Project Symphony, and what does it have to do with our company name?

Maybe you’ve been thinking about going solar for a while. If you’ve been researching residential solar, you probably know that if your solar panels generate more energy than you use, that energy can be sent back to the utility grid to be used by others. Well, what if your entire neighborhood decided to go solar with you – and what if you could all generate and share as much clean, sustainable energy with each other as you need directly, without the “middle man” of a utility grid?

A pilot program studying this concept was announced at the end of 2021 in Western Australia, the country’s largest state. The state’s government-owned utility provider Western Power is recruiting several hundred customers to participate in an experiment with creating a “virtual” power plant. The experiment, called Project Symphony, will develop software systems to manage generation and distribution from customer-owned assets like rooftop solar panels, batteries, and smart appliances.

At Zenernet, we’re excited to see programs like this taking shape because they’re something we’ve envisioned since we were founded. An “enernet” is a type of distributed, multi-participant clean energy generation network – this concept is the inspiration for our company’s name, and its application is a key step on our mission to accelerate energy independence for all.

While creating “enernets” comes with many challenges – from the complex technology demands to the difficulties utility companies create for homeowners pursuing alternative means of powering their lives – it’s exciting to see the concept attempted on this scale. We’ll keep our eye on Project Symphony and the findings that come from the experiment, and will continue to seek opportunities to give homeowners more paths to energy independence.

If you haven’t gone solar yet and you want to find out more about how solar can give you greater energy independence and save you money, schedule a convenient consultation with one of our experts today. Be sure to follow us on social media to keep up with news about the latest developments in solar.

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