Powershop Virtual Power Plant

Powershop Virtual Power Plant

Join Powershop’s community of connected batteries, support the environment and be rewarded.

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What is a Virtual Power Plant?

A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a network of connected batteries that can be dispatched to support community energy demand in a smart, efficient and cleaner way. 

This solar energy can help stabilise the electricity grid and respond to the energy market. But most importantly, it helps create a greener energy future that you (yes you!) can be part of.

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What do I get for joining?

If you already have an eligible solar and battery system, signing up to our VPP will give you a monthly VPP reward.  Dependent on your battery size, your VPP reward could be up to $40 each month.  These rewards are applied against your electricity bill.  You’ll also score access to our brand-new bespoke Powershop Virtual Power Plant app giving you insights into your battery like never before.

See what monthly VPP reward you could score for your battery size:

  • Less than 10kWh – $10 
  • Between 10-15kWh – $25 
  • More than 15kWh – $40 
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Am I eligible?

You can join the Powershop VPP if you: 

  • Are a Powershop customer;
  • Not registered for GST;  
  • Have  an eligible solar and battery system installed; 
  • Have a smart meter (preferably on a time-of-use tariff) or agree to have a smart meter installed; 
  • Are not participating in another VPP program;  
  • Have no occupants residing at your premises reliant on life support equipment; and  
  • Have a continuous and stable broadband internet connection. 

View the full Terms and Conditions for our Powershop Virtual Power Plant 

How our VPP works

It’s possible to optimise your battery system, be rewarded and help Mother Earth all with the one program.

  1. You sign up to our VPP

    When you sign up to our VPP, you’ll make the electricity in your battery system available to us. By allowing us to monitor, control and manage your battery system we can connect it to our network of batteries that can be dispatched to support community energy demand and you get rewarded for it. As part of the Powershop VPP we’ll monitor, control and manage your battery system.

  2. We optimise your battery

    We will optimise and use your battery by charging and discharging it at times to support the energy market and community energy demand. When you sign up to our VPP we’ll always leave you a reserve in your battery for your household use to give you peace of mind. Your home reserve for the Powershop VPP is currently set at 20% of battery storage capacity. This reserve amount may change in the future and you’ll be notified in advance, usually by email.

  3. You enjoy the perks

    In return, you’ll receive a VPP reward up to $40 applied to your electricity account each month, depending on the size of your battery. And you’ll have access to the brand new Powershop Virtual Power Plant app giving you detailed insights like never before on your battery performance.

  4. Get insights from the Powershop Virtual Power Plant App

    Our VPP software displayed through the app will predict your household consumption and determine when to charge and store power. It also predicts your future solar generation by sussing out local weather patterns. Pretty clever hey!

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Why sign up to the Powershop VPP?

Get rewarded

Up to $40 per month on your electricity bill, depending on your battery size.

Energy independence

Optimise your solar & battery system.

Help Mother Earth

Supporting a greener decarbonised energy system.

Get insights

Through the brand new Powershop VPP app.

Sign up to Powershop's Virtual Power Plant

If you’re a Powershop customer with an eligible solar and battery system, you can sign up to our Virtual Power Plant by filling in this form.

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If you've got questions, we have answers

We’ve got all the info on the Powershop Virtual Power Plant below.

For an eligible battery:

  • Less than 10kWh – $10
  • Between 10-15kWh – $25
  • More than 15kWh – $40

Once you’re all signed up to our VPP, we will send you an email with a link to download the Powershop Virtual Power Plant app and instructions on how to log in.

You can also download the Powershop Virtual Power Plant app at any time from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, you can create an account and login using the mobile number linked to your Powershop Account.

The smart technology provides insights to optimise your battery that’s completely new to the Powershop VPP experience.

  • It can predict your property energy consumption at different stages of the day or week.
  • It determines when to access power from the grid or your battery to optimise performance.
  • It uses up-to-the-minute weather forecasts to predict your future solar generation.
  • It will keep you informed as it charges and dispatches power from your battery.

When we optimise your battery, we aim to charge and store power at times that are more cost-effective to help keep your bills down. However, there might be times when we optimise your battery in response to the energy market or the stability of the grid.

When we discharge your battery to the grid, you’ll receive your applicable solar FiT (if your current plan provides for a FiT) for the electricity that is exported. For the electricity that gets used by your house load, it will reduce your grid usage. In instances where we need to charge your battery from the grid, your monthly VPP rewards is a contribution to offset normal usage charges.

You can see a full list of the battery systems that are eligible for the Powershop VPP here.

The Powershop app and the Powershop VPP app displays data from different sources, this is why they can vary slightly. The Powershop app displays data sourced from your meter while the Powershop VPP app shows data from your battery system which sits behind the meter. The Powershop VPP app data is intended as a guide only and does not replace the information in the Powershop app or your bill.

Your home reserve is a set percentage of battery storage we reserve for your household use to give you peace of mind. Your home reserve for the Powershop VPP is currently set at 20% of battery storage capacity – this percentage may change in the future and we will notify you of this change in advance, usually by email.

Although we’d always love to have you as part of the VPP program we understand that sometimes situations change. You can still be a Powershop customer and choose to leave our VPP, you’re not locked in and there are no exit fees, but you will no longer receive your monthly VPP reward and battery system optimisation through our program. To leave the Powershop VPP please give us a call on 1800 462 668.

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