Victoria awards funding for Neighbourhood Batteries

Aerial shot of neighbourhood battery infrastructure at Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia
Image: Mondo

The Victorian Government has announced the first round of projects in its Neighbourhood Batteries Program.

Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio announced six projects will share in over $6 million to deliver 25 neighbourhood batteries across 20 towns, delivering more than 4.2MWh of new storage capacity.

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Neighbourhood batteries return power into the hands of local communities, giving them a secure energy supply by soaking up cheap and clean renewable energy when it is plentiful and dispatching it when it is needed most. They also enable households to generate and consume more renewable energy locally, helping to drive down power bills.

Projects delivered by the $42 million Neighbourhood Batteries Program will improve local energy network reliability and remove constraints—keeping the lights on during power outages and allowing for more households to take up rooftop solar.

The largest battery project in the first round is Mondo Phillip Island, with seven 100kW/250kWh batteries to be installed across the island, delivering 1,750kWh storage. This will protect network reliability and deliver financial benefits for locals through a community dividend payment.

Four batteries will be installed at Queenscliff delivering 1,000kWh of storage—as part of the project an annual community dividend will be collected from the battery to support further renewable projects through the Queenscliffe Climate Action Now group.

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Other batteries being delivering include:

  • Indigo Power to deliver one Wodonga Neighbourhood Battery totalling 200kWh storage
  • Totally Renewable Yackandandah for one battery totalling 200kWh storage
  • GV Community Energy for two batteries: one at Tatura and one at Wangaratta totalling 216kWh storage
  • AusNet for 10 batteries in the state’s east and northeast totalling 850kWh storage.

The next round of applications will open in August 2024.

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