Here’s what the future of solar is looking like for WA
If 2020 has taught us anything, it is to expect the unexpected.
While there’s no crystal ball, algorithm or matrix which can show us exactly what the future of energy will look like, we know that WA’s intelligent energy future is already on its way. More and more WA households and businesses are embracing new solutions. We know our collective energy future will be made of smarter, more efficient technology and solutions which adapt to what people need most.
As more of our power comes from rooftop solar systems, batteries, electric vehicles, microgrids and other small-scale energy technologies, our electricity systems are being transformed.
These distributed energy resources (DER) bring a range of challenges and opportunities related to how we produce, manage and consume electricity in WA. You might have heard of the DER Roadmap, a plan outlining the way these new opportunities are being addressed in the State.
WA is leading the way in integrating solar and batteries into the grid and taking a new approach to electricity exported to the grid from these technologies and solutions.
Meet the new Distributed Energy Buyback Scheme (DEBS)
DEBS is part of the WA Government's broader plan for our energy future, where home batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) are expected to play a growing role in our energy system. It is a buyback scheme designed to help customers make the most of their energy investment. Under DEBS, customers will be able to export from eligible solar systems, batteries and electric vehicles and receive 10 cents per kW for the energy exported to the grid between 3pm and 9pm and 3 cents per kW during other times.
When you’re planning ahead, you might want to consider whether your next car could be an EV or whether battery power could be right for you, as eligible EVs and batteries can participate in DEBS.
How you could make the most of solar
If you have solar panels, you might already be taking steps to make the most of your solar investment. The more of your electricity you can shift to using between 10am and 2pm, the more you can reduce your load at other times of day.
To use more solar during the day, you could use a timer on your washing machine, dishwasher or other appliances you can switch to using during the day, when your solar PV system is producing the most energy. You could also get into the habit of charging your devices, or even your EV if you have one, during the day when you can to make the most of your solar energy during those peak sunshine hours.