The Victorian Government has announced that six projects will share more than $6 million to deliver 25 neighbourhood batteries across 20 towns as part of the first round of the Neighbourhood Batteries Program, providing more than 4.2MW hours of new storage capacity.

Neighbourhood batteries return power into the hands of local communities, giving them a secure energy supply by soaking up renewable energy when it is plentiful and dispatching it when needed.

The batteries also enable households to generate and consume more renewable energy locally.

Projects delivered by the Victorian Government’s $42 million 100 Neighbourhood Batteries program are expected to improve local energy network reliability and remove constraints.

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 which is expected to 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.

Other batteries being delivered 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 ten batteries in the state’s east and northeast totalling 850kWh storage

Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources, Lily D’Ambrosio, said, “We’re building 100 neighbourhood batteries across Victoria to make sure all families can share the savings from the massive uptake of solar.”

“We’re making Victoria the home of batteries – to deliver storage to soak-up renewable energy, improve the network, drive down bills and spread the benefits of local renewable energy even further.”

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