Discover VPP

Smart solar battery management
VPP Trading Income

Goodbye power bill, Hello smart energy trading

Imagine the feeling of no power bills. Discover Energy VPP customers see the world differently, because they recognise there is an energy revolution happening.They understand the future needs to be sustainable and want to create real change.

How does VPP smart energy trading work?

Discover Energy is leading the solar energy revolution with VPP Cloud based software that turns your home into a Virtual Power Plant and Energy Trader!

Your Solar powered home becomes a VPP (Virtual Power Plant) with DE recommend battery and inverter Combination

Your home charges the solar battery which stores energy and powers your home 24hrs a day. The Inverter is connected to DE Specialised software

Our revolutionary cloud based software monitors your inverter and the Grids energy demand.At the optimum moment the software sells your excess power back to the Grid maximising your energy income

Using The DE Insights mobile app you can easily track the trades and your income statements from the comfort of your phone

Make Discover Energy VPP the smarter choice for your future

Smarter

The world's first innovative VPP technology: your solar system, battery and a cloud-based software makes for a simple installation with no extra hardware required.

Cheaper

Powered by the solar system and stored in your home battery. DE's smart algorithms determine the optimal time to sell the stored energy back to the grid at premium prices.

Greener

With a strong focus on renewable power, Discover Energy will help your home be more efficient towards reducing your carbon footprint.

Compatible systems
Customer Testimonials
Surajit, SA
"I found Discover Energy is truly value for money considerations. I got 25c/kWh FIT tariff as opposed to 14c/kWh with my current electricity provider, which is way more great going for me. The customer service is really appreciated and it was a seamless way forward. I must thank Mr Pawan Verma who helps me to take out to the best deal I availed now!"

Posted Jan 28, 2021

Lyle, SA
"I joined the VPP Smart network a few months ago due to the awesome $0.25 solar feed in tariff recommended by Aussie Farmers Group Solar on offer this really helps to offset some of the solar + battery costs, during the summer a negative balance in my account to cover my winter cost, for 81 days my grid use was about 75kwh, credit of $520 using a 10KW solar and 15KW storage battery, output of 5KW to the grid per hour, and they’re Aussie."

Posted Jan 19, 2021

Bartek, NSW
"The process of signing up was made incredibly easy, with accessible customer service who went over and above in terms of getting responses to questions."

Posted Jan 05, 2021

Linda, QLD
"VPP Smart Saver provides the best market feed-in tariff and low charge for electricity used @Discover Energy. With the Discover Energy app monitoring usage and feed-in is a breeze, plus it enables selling excess from the battery whenever it suits."

Posted Dec 16, 2020

Joe, SA
"Advised by reputable solar energy company, they offered the best feed in tariff on the market 0.25cents, and gave me a better discount on Electricity and Gas then some of the other major competitors, very friendly and prompt services to all my queries and innovation with the option of trading stored energy and month to month billing. Highly recommended!"

Posted Dec 16, 2020

Eddie, QLD
"Signed up 3 months ago on their VPP Smart Saver plan. Best deal in the market especially for solar panels and battery owner. Discover Energy VPP Smart Saver plan give us the highest solar feed-in tariff I can find in the market. Easy to sign up. Pain free and fast changeover. Since then, my household has saved a lot on electricity bill. Best thing I’ve done on our household bill."

Posted Dec 15, 2020

What's happening in Discover Energy VPP?

Now open: Gas in Victoria!

2021-09-14

Discover Energy is delighted to announce that it is now licensed to retail gas in Victoria for sites serviced by Australian Gas Networks Limited (Envestra) and SP AusNet distribution networks.* Customers in these regions can now sign up to both electricity and gas plans and take full advantage of Discover Energy’s fuss-free, great value plans and attentive, 1:1 service. Victorian VPP members who sign up to Discover Energy gas will also have the opportunity to offset their gas bills with with their VPP credits. To compare plans, or to sign up with Discover Energy Gas click on this link or send a Facebook message or call 1300 946 898. *Service to Multinet customers forthcoming. Don’t know your gas distributor? You’ll find your details in your gas bill.

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What is the deal with Virtual Power Plants? The Public and Private Benefits of VPPs

2021-09-09

Why are Virtual Power Plants (#VPP) key to greener and cheaper energy for all? And why is joining a VPP a “no-brainer” for anyone who has solar + battery? Discover Energy’s National Sales Manager, Manbeena Sethi and VPP Solutions Architect, Neal Harris, talk to Claudette Palomares about the many benefits of VPP – both for the individual homeowner and for the community at large. To learn more about the Discover Energy VPP visit: https://www.discoverenergy.com.au/vpp , call 1300 946 898 or email sales_vpp@discoverenergy.com.au Full Transcript below: Claudette: Welcome to Discover Energy VPP Tech Talk, my name is Claudette and I’m the VPP Marketing Specialist here at Discover Energy and I’m with Manbeena, VPP National Sales Manager of Discover Energy and Neal, VPP Solutions Architect for Discover Energy. Welcome guys, thanks ! Manbeena: Glad to be here Neal: Thanks Claudette. Claudette: As you both know, over the past few years, batteries have increasingly become a byword for the future of household energy. In fact in 2020, we’ve seen more than 110,000 batteries installed in households around Australia. But another concept is increasingly becoming a buzzword are Virtual power plants or VPPs. Manbeena, can I ask, what is a virtual power plant and what does it have to do with batteries? Mabeena: Virtual Power Plant is what it says on the box. It’s a power plant or energy generating source that produces and delivers electricity digitally or virtually. Virtual Power Plants in particular refer to a network of distributed energy resources that is brought together to deliver aggregate energy. For most VPPs these come from batteries. At Discover Energy, we use cloud-based software to link hundreds of household batteries together to deliver a powerful amount of renewable energy back to the grid during times of high demand.  Claudette: Thanks Manbeena for your explanation. Neal, around the country there have been a number of VPP programs emerging, as well as increasing integration and representation of VPPs in the electricity market and in industry reform. Why are VPPs good for the electricity market – basically why are VPP’s a good thing for all of us – not just battery owners? Neal: We know from an operational and environmental perspective, Australia’s current infrastructure for producing and delivering energy is unsustainable. This is why regulatory bodies, corporations and disruptors like Discover Energy are working to create new and viable ways to support the transition to renewable energy. Control of battery storage is best when it’s coordinated with the energy system; whether that’s the markets or for the benefit of grid security and VPPs provide this coordination. This means that network costs can be significantly reduced – which means cheaper, cleaner energy for everyone. Claudette: Some customers in Queensland and South Australia will be acquainted with peak reduction programs, how do these relate to virtual power plants? Neal: While VPPs are typically associated with batteries, going forward there are going to be many more assets and functions that can be included. Some of these are already being implemented in isolated cases as you have just mentioned. The idea behind a VPP is to integrate all of these functions in one platform in order to streamline customer experiences in an increasingly complicated energy world. Claudette: Thanks Neal for your insights. Manbeena, there are obviously many advantages to VPP from a community perspective but what about the individual homeowner with solar and battery. Why is joining a VPP so important? Manbeena: Thanks Claudette, there are a number of reasons why joining a VPP is so beneficial for a homeowner with a solar battery, or a homeowner looking to install solar and battery. And some of these benefits are specific to the Discover Energy VPP program. Firstly, joining a VPP optimises the profit potential of your battery. Because a battery allows for the discharge of energy to be controlled, this means that electricity is fed back to the grid only when it is needed, and when conditions are optimal, i.e. when the price of electricity is high. Discover Energy has developed a platform that is one of the most sophisticated examples of this technology in the world.  Claudette: Can you explain a bit more Manbeena? Manbeena: Our software is driven by AI technology with exceptional predictive power. This allows us to anticipate with a high amount of accuracy the predicted electricity price in 5 minutes. What this means for the customer is that the revenue generated from discharging their battery, in effect selling battery energy to the grid, is greatly optimised. We’ve seen VPP customers in less than three months reduce their bills to zero and start earning credits. In fact, 93.7% of all our VPP customers earn credits, and on average earn $85.65 every month through energy trading and Discover Energy’s premium solar feed-in tariffs for VPP. Discover Energy’s VPP is also the first VPP energy trading platform in Australia that can be user-enabled. This means you can also control and elect to discharge your battery energy manually. Through the Discover Energy VPP, customers can also enjoy free battery recharging. Claudette: That’s really exciting Manbeena! From what you and Neal describe, the advantages for VPPs are such that it sounds like a no-brainer for anyone who has solar and battery, or is considering installing solar and battery.  Neal: Yes, and Manbeena’s only really talked about current benefits of joining a VPP. Discover Energy is working on increasing the range of features and benefits, particularly profit making applications – ways in which VPPs can make money for customers. Claudette: Electric Vehicles are coming too, is there a role for VPPs to play in ensuring they are filled with renewable energy? Neal: EVs are going to change how we consume electricity. But to the electricity network, an EV is a big battery on wheels, so there are going to be many opportunities to use this resource to stabilise the network and deliver better prices for customers. Not only filling them with renewable energy, but filling them more cost efficiently and helping us use more renewable energy in general. Claudette: So there is plenty of value for customers in not only getting onboard with VPPs now, but going forward it’s only going to increase. Manbeena: Yes, as you say, Claudette, if you have solar and battery, a VPP is a no brainer, particularly the Discover Energy VPP. We are proud to say that there are no lock-in contracts or exit fees to join Discover Energy. We have the largest range of eligible hardware in the country. So,if  you have a battery, you can enjoy the benefits of our premium solar feed-in and energy trading for at least 12 months.  Claudette: Thanks Manbeena and thanks Neal. If you are interested in learning more about the Discover Energy VPP, you can scan this QR code or visit www.discoverenergy.com.au, call us at 1300 946 898

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Get DE VPP Ready: A short guide

2021-09-01

So you want to get virtual power plant ready. You want blackout protection through your solar battery and independence from the electricity grid, while also enjoying premium solar feed-in rates and make money selling excess battery to the grid via Discover Energy’s trading platform. Here’s the 4 things you’ll need to join the Discover Energy VPP: A Smart Meter Discover Energy’s VPP is a cloud-based service that’s entirely digital.  Rapid communication between your battery, our platform and the electricity network is key. Currently Discover Energy makes transactions between batteries in our VPP network and the electricity grid in 30min intervals. It’s therefore essential that your site meter is a smart meter. It can take up to a month to install and make a full switch to a smart meter, so don’t delay in requesting a switch from your energy retailer if you haven’t yet upgraded. Solar and Battery Unlike many VPPs in the Aussie market, Discover Energy VPP is a BYO battery and solar program. This means there are an extensive range of batteries and pv that are compatible to the Discover Energy VPP. We do have a couple of further eligibility rules for battery, so please refer to the VPP compatibility list for full details. An Eligible PV inverter The most important piece of hardware that determines if your households is eligible to join Discover Energy’s VPP your PV inverter, specifically the brand/manufacturer and model of your inverter. Think of your PV inverter as the brain of your solar and battery system. It communicates with your PV and battery to find out how much battery you have, how much solar you are generating and your consumption patterns. The Discover Energy VPP works by connecting your PV inverter to the electricity grid and by using AI software and proprietary algorithms to determine the optimum opportunity for your battery to discharge electricity back to grid, and earn money. We’ve currently integrated our software with 5 of the biggest inverter brands in the market: Alpha-ESS, Sungrow, Solar Edge, Goodwe and Huawei. If you have a PV inverter from one of these brands, you are likely to be eligible to join the Discover Energy VPP*. Compatible Systems: *Exceptions apply. Please refer to the Discover Energy VPP Product Compatibility List for a full list of compatible products.  Interested in the Discover Energy VPP and joining 93.7% of VPP customers who pay $0 for electricity and earn credits every month? Visit https://www.discoverenergy.com.au/vpp or call 1300 946 898 Solar installers interested in partnering with Discover Energy? Visit https://www.discoverenergy.com.au/vpp_channel

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