LandCorp's WGV residential development at White Gum Valley and award-winning Alkimos Beach community were today awarded grants from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), recognising their innovative sustainability features.
Federal Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt MP, visited both developments to see first-hand the research projects being undertaken.
LandCorp Chief Executive Frank Marra said the ARENA grants acknowledged the leading research being conducted by LandCorp's partners at its Innovation through Demonstration projects in a bid to achieve more sustainable development outcomes.
"Our Innovation through Demonstration projects champion sustainable land and infrastructure development practices and cutting-edge technologies and we are delighted to receive two grants from a total of nine grants awarded nationwide," Mr Marra said.
"Construction is well underway at WGV, with $1 million from ARENA funding to be applied to three apartments complexes which will be the subject of Australia's biggest multi-residential solar battery storage trial in a strata development.
"This cutting-edge research and battery storage technology trial will ultimately demonstrate how renewable energy can be adopted in a strata setting and that will have an incredible impact on how we live in the decades ahead.
"The success of this battery trial has the potential to set new benchmarks for sustainable property development and we're delighted our project partners at Curtin University have received recognition and support from ARENA."
In addition to the ARENA grant, the three apartment builders Yolk, Contempo and Access Housing, are collectively contributing an extra $1 million to support the trial.
WGV showcases best practice design for sustainable, flexible and affordable living which makes smart use of our Earth's resources. It will be home to the Gen Y Demonstration Housing Project which will be a trial site for the strata application of battery storage.
Curtin University researchers have produced the governance framework for the solar battery trial and will monitor its success over a four-year period with support from the Cooperative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living.
A ground-breaking residential battery storage trial is now up and running in our award-winning Alkimos Beach development which was also the recipient of ARENA funding, secured by project partner Synergy.
"Alkimos Beach is Australia's first six star green star certified community which aims to achieve carbon-neutral living through water conservation, reduction in energy usage and reduced waste," Mr Marra said.
"The grant will support our work with industry partners Synergy and ARENA to deliver Australia's first energy storage trial on single lot houses using battery storage technology.
"The development will also include other energy-efficient initiatives such as mandatory solar panels and gas-boosted hot water systems to reduce home energy bills by up to 50 per cent."
ARENA funds activities and projects across Australia to advance renewable energy technologies towards commercial readiness.
The agency has approximately $2.5 billion in funding to invest in projects until the year 2022. By funding technologies and projects, ARENA aims to make renewable energy solutions more affordable and to increase the uptake of renewable energy in Australia.
To read more about this project on ARENA's site click here.
Click here to view a video of Prof Peter Newman in conversation with PhD Jemma Green about her research in rooftop solar and battery systems.