A SUNNY FUTURE?: Geoff Tosio from Bellingen Solar Depot showcases a solar battery.
A SUNNY FUTURE?: Geoff Tosio from Bellingen Solar Depot showcases a solar battery. Trevor Veale

First solar trials to begin on north coast

A TOWN on the NSW north coast has been selected to be part of an innovative new trial that may cut costs and improve the reliability of electricity supply.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency, the University of Technology Sydney and a number of electricity network businesses have teamed up to begin the trial in 150 houses in NSW and Victoria, with the north coast town of Collombatti taking part.

The Networks Renewed trial will test how smart inverters work with rooftop solar panels and home battery storage to boost the quality and reliability of electricity.

Bellingen Solar Depot renewable energy consultant Geoff Tosio is excited about the potential results of the "historic” trials.

"This is the first program of its kind in Australia and we are world leaders in this too, so technically Collombatti is of world significance right now,” Mr Tosio said.

"This trial will show how renewable energy can not only penetrate the grid with no bad effects, but actually improve its reliability and stabilise the voltage.

"History is happening right now in our backyards.”

It is hoped the trial will be successful in accelerating the uptake of rooftop solar power systems.



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