OpenLV Monitoring equipment has been installed at local sub-stations to provide ongoing data on electricity demand across the neighbourhood up until December 2019.
A number of householders have taken up the BWCE offer of reduced cost solar PV and battery storage with installations starting in March 2019. The systems are installed, owned and maintained by BWCE with householders paying a one-off use of system charge and a small annual maintenance cost. The use of battery storage will enable households to use electricity generated by the solar PV panels later in the evenings during peak demand periods.
During the months of June and October 2019 the project will be testing how far a community approach can be effective in both shifting energy demand to off-peak and reducing it altogether across the neighbourhood. Monitoring from the sub-stations and feedback from participants will assess the success of this approach. See our electricity demand shifting resources.
On a long-term basis BWCE will be exploring how far this approach can be replicated in other communities locally. We will also be exploring how far community energy groups such as BWCE can operate as an intermediary between communities and the electricity supply industry to develop the flexibility that is required to better balance supply and demand.