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Music to energy consumers’ ears as Project Symphony premieres

As announced by the Western Australian Government: Music to energy consumers’ ears as Project Symphony premieres

  • Over 300 customers participating in Western Australia's largest virtual power plant
  • Project Symphony will identify the customer benefits of distributed energy resources
  • McGowan Government has contributed $19.3 million to the project in Perth's south

Project Symphony is now live with more than 300 customers and their 650 assets recruited to participate in Western Australia's largest virtual power plant.

The Harrisdale and Piara Waters pilot will identify how distributed energy resources, such as rooftop solar, batteries, and electric vehicles can benefit customers participating in a future energy market.

The Perth southern suburbs were chosen for embracing renewable energy, with more than 50 per cent of households having rooftop solar.

Virtual power plants could be the future for electricity in WA. Instead of power stations carrying hundreds of kilometres of high voltage wires, houses could become the central power station - through rooftop solar and battery storage.

The Federal Government - through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency - has contributed $8.6 million to the $35.5 million project, which is a partnership between Western Power, Synergy, Energy Policy WA, and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). 

The McGowan Labor Government has invested $19.3 million, and the AEMO $7.6 million.

Testing is underway until April 2023 - with more than 200 customer assets now successfully 'orchestrated' as a single facility - providing benefits to the community and network.

Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:

"It's great to see hundreds of customers embracing Project Symphony. Their participation will provide valuable insights into how Western Australia's electricity system can be strengthened to continue to provide reliable, secure, and affordable power.

"In the face of a rapidly changing energy industry, customers' rooftop solar systems, batteries, and air conditioning orchestrated together can play a meaningful role in providing services and stability to the network. 

"Project Symphony is a major deliverable of the McGowan Government's Distributed Energy Resources Roadmap."

Comments attributed to Jandakot MLA Yaz Mubarakai:

"Congratulations to the more than 300 households and businesses in Harrisdale and Piara Waters who are contributing to this new energy initiative.

"Project Symphony could be a blueprint for the future of Western Australia's electricity network, and I look forward to seeing the results and how it benefits the community."

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Image: Project Symphony Program Lead Kim McArthur, Minister for Energy Hon. Bill Johnston MLA, City of Armadale Mayor Cr. Ruth Butterfield, Synergy Chief Executive Officer David Fyfe, Australian Energy Market Operator Executive General Manager Western Australia & Strategy Kate Ryan, Energy Policy WA Coordinator of Energy Jai Thomas, Western Power Chief Technology Officer Matt Cheney.