As Australia’s home battery market begins to catch up to its installed residential solar capacity, the opportunity for large-scale virtual power plants is verging on reality. Indeed, Solar Service Group’s new Solar + Battery Members’ Plan could see Australia host the world’s largest virtual power plant next year. Rod Woolley, chairman of the Solar Service Group (Solar SG), is confident that the company’s Solar + Battery Members’ Plan, launched this week, will give rise to the world’s largest virtual power plant (VPP) by the middle of next year. Australia already has a massive installed rooftop PV fleet, and installations show no signs of abating, with battery storage systems now being added in increasing numbers. The country seems to present the ideal preconditions for widespread VPP adoption. And while state governments and utilities took the initial lead in driving VPPs, solar installation companies are now pushing the adoption of sophisticated distributed generation networks themselves.
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