Join our virtual power plant to fix tomorrow's problems, today

Take a step towards more sustainable power for your community.

Our Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a system that means you become an energy grid contributor. It works by hooking you up to a web-based network that can draw upon a small amount of the energy you have stored in your solar battery, in times of peak demand.

Solar – we believe it's the power solution of the future 

We're constantly striving for ways to make solar work better for our customers, our community, and the planet.

We've been awarded $4.5 million under the Victorian Government’s Microgrid Demonstration Initiative to develop a VPP that uses cutting-edge technology to remotely link small energy resources – i.e. solar batteries – into a web-based network.

Do you currently have a solar system? Are you looking to buy one?

We can work together to pioneer the next generation of power solutions, and create a more stable power future for everyone.

Thinking about a solar battery purchase?

Victorian customers can save on an LG Chem Resu battery right now.

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Join the VPP! You'll get:

  • A discounted 6.5 kWh LG solar battery for $5,895 (RRP $10,795)
  • Guaranteed $1,200 back in credit over 5 years. You'll get credit of $20 (incl GST) toward electricity charges on your bill every month for 5 years. You'll always get more value back in credits than we extract from your battery
  • 24 month interest-free payment options (equal monthly repayments)
  • Everything fully installed, including a compatible inverter
  • More self-sufficiency – you'll be storing the solar power you generate

Find out more about eligibility and conditions below

How the VPP works

We’ll be able to remotely connect multiple solar batteries, and use the energy they store to create a network of alternative power resources.


What we ask

You'll need to be an Origin electricity customer for the 5–year trial period, and let us access the power in your battery to charge and discharge it.

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What you'll get

An LG Chem Resu LV 6.5 solar battery for $5,895 (RRP $10,795), a Sungrow Hybrid inverter, and $240 credit back each year for 5 years.

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How you'll track it

With My Account's real-time data. See your battery's charge state and the energy flow between your solar system, battery, home and the grid. 

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Join now! Only a limited number of batteries available.

Get started on your virtual power plant journey. Choose the option that you're interested in below. 

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Charging and discharging your battery

Once we've hooked up your system to the battery, we'll can start charging and discharging it remotely.

Discharging your energy back to the electricity grid would be something we'd look to do when available, but particularly in periods of high demand.

Please be aware that the value of discharged energy will always be less than the $20 (incl GST) credit we apply to your bill each month. 

We guaranteed that in a 12 month period, we’ll extract no more than 200 kWh from your battery. 

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Learn more about the VPP

The baseline battery offered with the VPP package is the LG Chem Resu 6.5 kWh. However, we do have other sizes available depending on your needs. Get in touch and we can personalise a quote for you.

The LG Chem Resu is one of the most popular solar batteries on the Australian market. It's sleek and compact, can be placed indoors or outdoors, and call be either floor or wall mounted. The Resu 6.5 comes with a 10 year usage warranty and has been thoroughly tested to safety standards. 

Get more of the tech specs of each of the battery options:

VPP base model

Other available sizes

Check out our LG Chem Resu page to learn more about the benefits of this first-class solar battery.

The Sungrow Hybrid inverter is a great option for the LG Chem Resu 6.5 battery. We understand that the needs of your solar system could be different, though, so we also have SMA Sunny Boy inverters available. When you get in touch, we'll take into account your unique energy needs and personalise the package to suit you best.

Get into the nitty gritty of each our our inverters:

Of course! Even if your solar system was installed by another provider, you may be eligible to take part in the VPP. We'll assess your system to make sure it meets the requirements for proper operation and safety before we go any further.

As part of the VPP program, you'll need to maintain the solar system and battery to make sure they're operating well during the term of the program (5 years). You can find heaps of tips and tricks on how to do this on our solar maintenance pages, as well as the ongoing repair and maintenance packages that we offer at Origin.

Yep, we've got you covered. Give us a call and we can talk you through some options, and arrange to assess your roof to figure out the best system for you. We'll look at things like your daytime and night-time usage, or the size of your property, to figure out which solar package and/or battery will suit your needs. 

In exchange for the great battery discount and monthly credits, we may charge and discharge energy from your battery to the grid. We might do this during times of peak electricity demand. You'll be helping us trial new solutions in the energy space, and the power supply to your home won't be affected.

At other times, we might stop the energy stored in your battery from being consumed in your home during the day. This way, you can use it during the early evening instead, when demand on the grid is higher.

We'll hook your new battery up to the internet in your home so we can talk to it when we need to. We expect that the smarts behind the VPP could use up to 4GB of data per month. For most customers though, we expect it to use much less.

To participate in the VPP you need to maintain an active electricity account with Origin for 5 years, but which plan you'd like to be on is up to you! You can see available plans online, including details of the solar feed-in tariff rates, or we can talk you through the options when you give us a call.

For more information about feed-in tariffs and how they work, head to our solar feed-in tariff page.

If you're thinking of moving or selling your house in the next 5 years, this may not be the best solution for you. To participate, you need to remain an Origin electricity customer for 5 years and if you choose to leave early, exit fees will apply.

The amount charged on exit will vary depending on how long into the plan you decide to leave or move home. If this becomes your situation, please call us on 1300 791 468 to discuss.

To use your battery as a power back-up during blackouts, a back-up box can be installed at an additional cost. 

This will depend on the where your battery will be installed. Changes may be required, e.g. to accommodate fireproofing. These details, including a quote, will be provided to you after the installer visits your property.

For the full terms and conditions, read the Virtual Power Plant Terms Document (PDF 512 kB).