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“ in a statement on Friday, the government said network-connected batteries had reduced in price “substantially” over the past few years and were a smarter approach to network modification than most traditional solutions.

This is particularly the case for suburbs like Port Kennedy, which is ranked in the top 20 suburbs in Western Australia for residential solar uptake, with one in three households generating their own renewable power.

The addition of the community battery aims to help manage the flow of all that rooftop solar power on the local City of Rockingham grid, make way for more solar to be installed and, further down the track, offer solar households virtual storage to store their excess rooftop power and use it when needed.”

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