Ergon Energy, a corporation owned by the Government of Queensland, has selected SunPower and Sunverge Energy for a pilot residential solar and storage project.

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) has contributed A$400,000 towards Ergon’s initiative.

SunPower will provide photovoltaic solar power systems, while Sunverge Energy will deliver its energy storage technology for the project.

Ergon Energy Retail will trial the hybrid energy systems with 33 homes in Toowoomba, Townsville and Cannonvale.

SunPower will design and install the systems, which will include its solar panels and Sunverge Solar Integration Systems (SIS).

All the systems are expected to start operations by the end of this year.

Ergon Energy chief executive Ian McLeod said: "Ergon Energy is looking to the future and partnering with SunPower and Sunverge to provide solar and battery systems as part of this trial due to the unique demand management features which allow stored power to be put back into the grid.

"We hope to create customer and network value by utilising energy resources located at the customer premises."

Sunverge Energy co-founder and CEO Ken Munson said: "Because of its abundant sun and wind, Australia – where one in five homes use solar power – is a global leader in transforming the energy industry.

"With Sunverge SIS, utilities can deploy and collectively manage distributed renewable assets for improved grid efficiency and resiliency."