As an example of what some see as a key piece of the transition to clean energy, a community battery in a Perth, Australia, suburb won over some of the community’s residents by storing electricity from rooftop solar panels to distribute back to the grid.
“There was a whole lot of discussion about whether it would save us money or not. The fee structure was quite complex,” one resident told ABC Australia.
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After her family signed up to the trial, they found that it saved them “at least $100 every two months,” she said.
But some critics are unconvinced. Green Energy Markets analyst Tristan Edis contends that community batteries “are tiny tokenistic drops in the ocean.”
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