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Empowering the energy transition

A transformation is underway in how we make and use electricity, and South Australia is leading the way.  The energy system is being reshaped by the rapid adoption of distributed energy resources (DER) such as solar panels, batteries and electric vehicles. 

Rooftop solar penetration in South Australia, already among the highest in the world at more than a third of our customers, continues to grow.

It means we are all playing a key role in meeting our State’s goal of net-100% renewable energy by 2030, and zero emissions by 2050. 

The electricity distribution network is at the heart of the transition and SA Power Networks is developing innovative solutions to meet the changing energy needs of our customers, while ensuring the continued affordability, safety, and reliability of the electricity supply. 

We’ve set our own target, to double the amount of solar on our network by 2025, and we’re preparing for growing investment in home batteries and electric vehicles.

We are committed to helping achieve a new era of economic growth for South Australia – powered by abundant, low-cost, safe and reliable clean energy.

 

Making the sun shine for all

We want customers to continue to install DER such as solar panels, and to share the benefits with the community. Some of things we’re working on include:

  • Developing smarter solar, so solar inverters can respond to what’s happening in the network. Read more
  • Investing in enhanced voltage management, to enable more exports from DER, such as solar and virtual power plants, into our network. Read more
  • Detailed monitoring and analysis of our low-voltage network to improve our understanding of the network and the interaction of DER. Read more
  • New residential Time-of-Use (‘solar sponge’) tariffs that provide cheaper daytime network charges, encouraging the use of more solar-generated energy in the middle of the day. Read more
  • Encouraging retailers to shift things like water heating to the daytime, to soak up excess (and cheaper) solar generation. Read more

 

Want to learn more?

 

See our Projects and Trials to see what we’ve been up to and what might be going on in your area.