AusNet: We’ve been swamped by the solar boom, and we’ve made some mistakes

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Making sure Victoria’s network can cope with residential demand for batteries and solar is a complicated business – but we’re not sitting on our hands.

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One Step Off The Grid

The growth of rooftop solar and battery systems is one of the most exciting aspects of the transition we are seeing to our energy system.

As a network operator, AusNet Services sees enormous potential for this growth to deliver real improvements in network reliability and affordability for our customers.

This is why we have welcomed the Victorian government’s Solar Homes policy as a means to ensure Victoria keeps pace with states such as Queensland and NSW in the roll out of these new technologies.

We are currently working very closely with the Victorian government to maximise the benefits of the policy for customers and ensure that as many people as possible can take advantage of it.

The early impact of the Solar Homes policy has been significant. We are seeing a very large up-tick in solar connection applications this year.

In the first two months of 2019, AusNet Services had more than twice the number of applications for solar connections from the equivalent months in 2018. We expect solar connections to more than double from 2018 to 2019. That’s great.

Read the full story on RenewEconomy sister site, One Step Off The Grid…

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