$450K to empower household solar for innovative energy solutions

“With 1 in 4 households powering the nation through rooftop solar, and another 2,000 added every business day, we’re investing $450K to boost their contribution to the grid, so they play a bigger role in our carbon neutral future”, said Assistant Minister to the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, Tim Wilson, today. 

The Morrison Government, through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), is investing $451,000 to support eleXsys Energy roll out next-generation technology that will help increase the amount of distributed energy resources, such as household solar and electric vehicles, that can be connected to our electricity grid. 

This is in addition to the Morrison Government’s $3.5 million investment in eleXsys Energy under the Modern Manufacturing Initiative, enabling the construction of a purpose-built manufacturing facility expected to fulfil demand both in Australia and for export markets. 

The eleXsys Energy device works by regulating voltage levels on power lines that will help distributed energy resources to continue supplying electricity to the network, instead of being restricted or switched off. 

Brisbane’s eleXsys Energy’s technology will allow clean energy producers to feed much more energy back into existing electricity distribution grids. This demonstration project is expected to showcase the effectiveness of the technology through the installation of five devices: 

• Three inverters will be directly connected to Energy Queensland’s network; 
• One will be trialed behind the meter on a customer’s premises; and, 
• One will be installed at the Real Time Digital Stimulator facility in Cairns to test how it could work in other types of networks. 

“The devices will be trialed on the Energy Queensland network for now, but the technology could be applicable to any low voltage area in Australia,” Assistant Minister Wilson said. 

“eleXsys Energy has employed dedicated personnel with deep experience to deliver the project. This funding will help eleXsys Energy continue to engage industry partners and support local jobs in Queensland." 

ARENA has previously supported over $100 million of distributed energy resources projects and established the Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP), which is aimed at maximizing the value of customers’ distributed energy resources for all energy users. 

Information about eleXsys Energy and how the technology works is available on ARENA’s website.

Media contact:

Assistant Minister Wilson’s office 02 6277 2392