The virtual power plant project

Fixing tomorrow's problems, today.

Customers in Victoria can save as much as 57% off a solar battery and help us create a new type of power plant.

We believe in solar as the power solution of the future, so we are 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 the Victorian Government’s Microgrid Demonstration Initiative to develop a virtual power plant (VPP), where we use cutting-edge technology to remotely link small energy resources like solar batteries into a web-based network. We can offer highly-subsidised solar batteries and control them remotely, creating a new and exciting type of energy network.

Do you currently have a solar system, or are you looking to buy one through us? If so, let's work together to pioneer the next generation of power solutions, and create a more stable power future for everyone.


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Let's work together

  • A discounted 6.4kWh solar battery for $4,790 (RRP $11,350) 
  • 24 month interest-free payment options (equal monthly repayments)
  • Everything fully installed, including a compatible inverter
  • Be more self-sufficient by storing the solar power you generate
  • Guaranteed $300 back in credit in the first year

Find out more about eligibility and conditions below


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How it 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.

Call us on 03 8635 3673 to get involved

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What you'll get

A BYD Battery Box HV 6.4 solar battery for $4,790 (RRP $11,350), an SMA SunnyBoy inverter, and a $300 credit on your electricity bill in the first year. 

Learn more about the battery

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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 either charge or discharge it.

See frequently asked questions


Ready to join?

Victorian customers, you can get involved right now. Whether you've had solar for a while, or looking to start out, the VPP can work for you. Just fill out this form and we'll get in touch within 48 hours.

Not in Victoria? Request a call from a solar expert to explore your options. 

Get involved with the VIC Virtual Power Plant

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It helps us work out if your property is suited for solar

It helps us work out if solar panels can go on your roof

Solar panels need to be attached in certain way – and unfortunately, not every roof type can handle them.

Right now, we can't install solar panels on:

  • - Flat concrete
  • - Decromastic
  • - EPDM
  • - Timber
  • - Asbestos 
  • - Fibro
  • - Shingle 
  • - Asphalt
  • - Slate

Thanks for your interest in solar and the VIC Virtual Power Plant.

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How to get involved  

If you've already got solar panels which export around 2MWh per year, or are interested in getting started on your solar journey with Origin, the VPP could be ideal for you. Once your system and the battery are hooked up, we'll be able to remotely charge it, or discharge energy from it back into the grid. For example, we could do this during periods of high demand.

If we do discharge power from your battery, we'll work out how much you've spent to buy the same amount of electricity from the grid as a result. We'll calculate this taking into account any discounts and feed in tariffs you receive, then apply it as a credit towards the charges on your electricity bill at least once a year.

The great thing is, we’ll guarantee you a $300 credit in the first year to cover for any such costs – even if you’ve spent less. In the unlikely chance we calculate that you’ve spent more, we’ll give you a credit to cover the entire amount.

 

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Secure your discounted battery today

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Speak to an expert between 8 am and 6 pm Monday to Friday.

Request a personalised quote

Learn more about the VPP

The BYD Battery Box is an increasingly-popular modular system, letting you build up your power over time as your energy needs change. The base model (6.4 kWh) features five 1.28 kWh lithium battery modules, plus the battery management unit which forms the base and the top. We've also got bigger stacks available. Give us a call to see what's right for you

Read the BYD battery brochure (PDF 6.2 MB) for the full low-down. 

Dimensions (mm) W 580 x H 894 x D 380
Nominal voltage 256 V
Enclosure IP55 protection standards
Round trip efficiency1 >95.3%
Operating Temperature2 -10 to +500
Power Max. output 6.40kW, Peak output 12.80kW (30s)
Manufacturer's warranty3 10 years
Weight 148 kg

Test conditions 100% DOD, 0.2 C charge and discharge at +250 C. System usable energy may vary with different inverters.

-100C ~ 100C will be derating

3 Conditions apply. See B-Box warranty information for more details.

BYD, or Build Your Dreams, are pioneers in the renewable battery space. They're one of the world's largest manufacturers of electric vehicles and rechargable batteries. They've also worked on incredible renewable energy solutions like electric buses in London and a state-of-the-art Skyrail. BYD solar batteries are fast challening big names like the Tesla Powerwall and the LG Chem Resu as one of the smartest battery choices for Australian systems. 

The BYD Battery Box HV uses lithium Iron Phosphate, regarded by many as the safest type of lithium battery available, and highly resistant to overheating. The BYD box also packs a big punch when it comes to power with one of the highest output power capabilities of any battery on the market. Performance wise, it's great at supporting critical loads such as air conditioners or pumps.

The continuous power B-Boxes can supply is equal to their nominal storage capacity.  This means the B-Box 10 can give 10.24 kilowatts of power continuously and go from fully charged to flat in a little over 57 minutes. That’s very impressive.

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

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 tarriff 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 tarriff page.

If you are thinking of moving or selling your house in the next five years, this may not be the best solution for you. To paricipate, you need to remain an Origin electricity customer for five 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.

For the full terms and conditions, read the Virtual Power Plant Terms Document (PDF 208 kB).

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