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Hon Dan van Holst Pellekaan MP, Minister for Energy and Mining

Home batteries are about to become even better value for South Australians with Tesla the latest company to combine the State Government’s Home Battery Scheme (HBS) with the benefits of a virtual power plant (VPP) to offer cheaper electricity to homeowners.

The Marshall Government’s HBS is creating outstanding opportunities for South Australian homeowners to slash their electricity bills by combining the battery subsidy of up to $6,000 with the benefits of being a member of a VPP.

“The new virtual power plant offer which helps South Australian households to access a heavily discounted battery and save even more on their electricity bills is good news,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“The State Government’s HBS is also designed to bring down the price of electricity for all South Australians by reducing peak demand.

“The Marshall Government’s energy policies have already delivered a 3 per cent reduction in household and small business bills and the HBS is part of a broader suite of policies to drive down the cost of power even further.”

As part of its new Tesla Energy Plan, Tesla is offering South Australian customers a special rate of $3,499 for a 13.5 kWh Powerwall after they access the Home Battery Scheme subsidy of up to $6,000.

To access the special rate, customers must sign up to the Tesla Energy Plan administered by Tesla’s authorised retail partner - Energy Locals.

Tesla Energy Plan customers will not pay a daily supply charge for the electricity they draw from the grid, will receive a feed in tariff for the solar they export to the grid and enjoy the lowest electricity usage rate available in the market (35% off the Discount Market Offer).

The Tesla Energy Plan joins three other virtual power plant offerings currently available in the South Australian market including AGL, Simply Energy and sonnenFlat.

VPPs operate as a bank of batteries that work together in co-ordination to help stabilise the network by smoothing the peaks and troughs of demand on the grid, benefiting all South Australians.

“The emergence of VPPs is tipping the power into the hands of consumers, making batteries more affordable for more South Australians,” said Minister van Holst Pellekaan.

“Consumers can now choose from a range of virtual power plant offers in the market, providing them with more choice in how to reduce their electricity bills,” he said.

Customers interested in joining the Tesla Energy Plan can sign up  online:  https://www.tesla.com/en_AU/tesla-energy-plan

September 2019