Australia is transitioning to a net zero target by 2050, but in order to achieve this communities need to manage energy resources.
Project EDGE offers businesses and homeowners to work together to meet this goal by managing their own energy consumption through solar power and discharging their energy back into the grid through Distributed Energy Resources (DER). Mondo’s Project EDGE is currently running in Victoria’s Hume region testing DER.
The energy systems of solar which exist today were not designed for DER – they were designed for one-way flows of electricity from large-scale generators to consumers – This means that the full value of renewables and DER are not being fully realised by Australian households and businesses.
The trial began in 2021 and is forecasted to continue to find valuable insights and reports on DER systems until mid 2023. During the trial period, participants are paid to join and receive large subsidies on solar panels and Mondo’s Ubi Energy Management System. The trial is no longer open for new participants but get in contact with us if you’re interested in DER, or learning more about the project.
Supported by our project partners the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and AusNet Services this three-year trial seeks to create a simulated market and trading mechanisms to maximise the economic value of DER assets deployed and minimise the costs of supply to all energy customers.
This project received funding from ARENA as part of ARENA’s Advancing Renewables Program.
Not just solar
What is DER?
Distributed energy resources (DER) are the name given to renewable energy units or systems that are commonly located at houses or businesses to provide them with power.
Common examples of DER include rooftop solar PV units, battery storage, thermal energy storage, electric vehicles and chargers, smart meters, and home energy management technologies.
By our powers combined!
What is DER aggregation?
DER aggregation is when a group of Distributed Energy Resources combine their generation output together to operate as a single entity.
A single household solar system only generates a very small amount of electricity in comparison to a large power station, however if hundreds or even thousands of households could combine their solar output they could potentially compete with the output of a traditional power station.
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