Australia’s electricity system is undergoing the most remarkable transformation. We have embraced rooftop solar so enthusiastically that we have the highest penetration of residential rooftop solar in the world, with more than 2.1 million Australian solar homes.
It will be challenging to integrate that much solar generation onto the grid as electricity distribution networks were not originally designed for it. We therefore need to change the way we manage solar and battery systems and how they interact with the grid. We’ll need new rules to mandate technological capability and new markets to make best use of the capabilities already at our disposal.
The Clean Energy Council has produced a report The Distributed Energy Resources Revolution: A Roadmap for Australia's Enormous Rooftop Solar and Battery Potential to address the challenges that distribution network service providers, regulators, governments and policy makers will face as we make the transition to a distributed energy resources future.
The report includes a number of recommendations to help facilitate the enormous potential for distributed energy resources:
Distribution network service providers
Australian Energy Regulator
State and territory governments