AGL Bring Your Own Battery Plan: Canstar Blue Innovation Award Winner

As the transition to renewables gains momentum with each passing year, climate scientists continue to stress the importance of sustainability. While using electricity is unavoidable in the modern world, the onus falls on innovators in the renewable energy industry to find ways to create and consume energy more thoughtfully. That’s where Canstar Blue’s Innovation Excellence Awards come in, as this year, our expert judging panel was particularly impressed with AGL’s strides in favour of renewable energy in the shape of its Bring Your Own Battery plan.

What is the AGL Bring Your Own Battery plan?

The AGL Bring Your Own Battery plan is an electricity offer available exclusively to residential AGL customers with a compatible solar battery storage system. Available in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia, households must have an existing LG Chem RESU battery with a SolarEdge inverter, or a Tesla Powerwall 2. Homes must also have functioning solar panels.

Why do you need a battery, you ask? Well, AGL is building a network of connected solar batteries that it will remotely manage with the goal of making the grid more reliable, to the benefit of all customers. This is called the AGL Virtual Power Plant. In exchange for partaking in this new scheme, households will receive a generous $280 in electricity bill credits over a year. This includes a $100 one-off sign-up bonus, plus $45 credit per quarter. Customers will also receive a feed-in tariff on their exports, to top it off.

AGL promises those on its Bring Your Own Battery plan that it will only actively manage batteries up to 30 times a year, always reserving some energy within your system so you’re covered in the event of a blackout. One of the best parts of this plan is that it works as an add-on to any 12-month term AGL plan, so customers can still have a choice in whether they’d like fixed or variable rates, and can also expect no exit fees or lock-in contracts.

On the AGL Bring Your Own Battery plan, customers won’t need to install any additional hardware, though may be required to verify they have the correct storage system at home.

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Why do we like the AGL Bring Your Own Battery plan?

There’s no question that the AGL Bring Your Own Battery plan, given its bill credits, is price competitive, but it’s the unique community-minded Virtual Power Plant that makes it stand out. Households with complete solar systems should already be seeing reduced bills, but through connecting their battery, customers can also support a reliable grid, resulting in cheaper power for more than just one household. Other retailers offering access to Virtual Power Plants may require a certain system, with no guidelines around how often your system will be controlled by the provider.

“We’ve seen Virtual Power Plants before, but it’s the first time we’re seeing it so readily available from one of Australia’s largest energy providers, and with conditions more flexible than we’ve seen before,” said Canstar Blue Editor-in-Chief, Simon Downes.

“More than just a plan, it’s a statement in support of renewable energy, moving towards adopting a community approach to consuming electricity. Given the success of the Virtual Power Plant project in Adelaide, it’s safe to say this kind of innovation is resonating well with customers, justifying why AGL has made it available to customers across the eastern seaboard states.

“Outside of these obvious benefits, customers still have the power to choose rates based on AGL’s existing plans, reaping the extra benefit of ample bill credits as a way to say thanks for linking your battery up to the Virtual Power Plant. AGL has certainly impressed with its forward-thinking, catering to a growing number of households installing solar.”

AGL Plan Prices

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for NSW. These costs are based on the Ausgrid network in Sydney but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 3900kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for Victoria. These costs are based on the Citipower network in Melbourne but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for SE QLD. These costs are based on the Energex energy network in Brisbane but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4600kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

Here are the AGL Energy plans on our database for South Australia. These costs are based on the SA Power network in Adelaide but prices may vary depending on your circumstances. This comparison assumes general energy usage of 4000kWh/year for a residential customer on a single rate tariff. Please use our comparison tool for a specific comparison in your area. Our database may not cover all deals in your area. As always, check all details of any plan directly with the retailer before making a purchase decision.

What are our Innovation Excellence Awards?

Canstar Blue’s Innovation Excellence Awards involve a sophisticated rating methodology, unique to Canstar, which compares submissions we receive from Telecommunications and Energy institutions throughout Australia. Canstar Blue’s Innovation Excellence Award winners represent a selected group of innovative products within the Energy and Telecommunications industries over the most recent year which have all been reviewed, assessed and ranked based on the degree of innovation and impact it could have on consumers.

See here for our Innovation Awards Methodology.

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