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Virtual Power Plants Explained

Virtual Power Plants (VPP)

The solar industry—and the energy sector more broadly—is changing fast. Virtual power plants are one example of how technology and policy developments are enabling new opportunities.

Until recently, Australia focused on large centralised plants, often fossil-fuel plants, to provide power to the grid. But now, small and independent producers are producing solar, wind, and other renewable resources from many different locations all over the Australia and feeding some or all of that power to the grid.

The increased production of these distributed resources has disrupted the centralised power model and there is a need for new ways to integrate these distributed resources. A virtual power plant can do just that, often providing reliable power by utilising renewable energy and batteries that store the solar – among other types of distributed energy.

What are Virtual Power Plants?

 

Did you know? South Australia has the world’s largest Virtual Power Plant with a network of 50,000 solar and Tesla Powerwall home battery systems all working together as a single power plant.

 

What is the goal or objective of a VPP?

How do VPPs work?

 

Virtual Power Plants (VPP)

 

Are VPPs the future of solar power in Australia?

There are plenty of benefits in this system

Technological innovation is managing to integrate renewable energies into our cities actual consumption. Virtual power plants – a new more efficient and sustainable energy management system – are proof of this.

 


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