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The Smart Energy Council is very active in helping to drive innovation, improve transparency and enhance research and development in the smart energy and renewables sector.

Australian Energy Storage Research Report

The numbers are in and they are impressive, with an estimated 32,500 on-grid and off-grid energy storage systems installed in Australia up to the end of 2016, and a further 20,000 energy storage systems installed in 2017. But it’s the tip of the iceberg: a high growth scenario puts energy storage systems at 450,000 by 2020, with the combination of residential and commercial energy storage delivering 3 GWh of distributed storage. And it’s a jobs bonanza, up to 35,000 Australians could be working in the energy storage industry by 2020.

These are the findings of the Smart Energy Council’s comprehensive analysis of the Australian Energy Storage Market covering residential, commercial, large-scale, on-grid, off-grid and micro-grid energy storage, and projections for uptake from 2017 to 2020.

Report findings were based on a survey by the Smart Energy Council, interviews with key energy storage market participants, data from the Clean Energy Regulator and the Smart Energy Council’s Battery Finder project. This analysis and report has been funded by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA).

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Large-Scale Solar and Storage Projects, Market Reports 2018Large-Scale Solar and Storage Projects

5 large-scale solar and storage reports have been updated and detail the massive list of completed projects and those in the pipeline, listing name, location, company, status and size.

  • Large-Scale Solar PV Projects Complete
  • Large-Scale Solar PV Project Pipeline
  • Large-Scale Solar PV Projects Finance/PPA
  • Large-Scale Off-Grid Projects
  • Large-Scale Storage Pipeline

The Headline Numbers are:

Large Scale Solar PV Projects

Completed 1.4GW

Financed/PPA 3.3GW

Pipeline 22.7GW

Large Scale Storage

Completed 154MW

Under construction 27.5MW

Pumped Hydro Proposed 6.3GW

Pipeline 4.9GW

These reporrts are exclsuive to Platinum and Gold members of the Smart Energy Council and available to download now.


The Australian Battery Guide, May 2016The Australian Battery Guide

The Australian Battery Guide Guide for Energy Storage Systems
(sales, design, installation and stewardship)
Revision 0.9 May 2016

This guide, prepared by the Australian Energy Storage Council (ESC), is an easy to understand framework designed to provide guidance to the energy storage industry and consumers in the interim while formal Australian Standards and being developed for the sector.

Copyright and published by Energy Storage Council, ACT, Australia 2016
Author: Peter Cockburn

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