Six projects will share in more than $6 million for 25 neighbourhood batteries across 20 towns - delivering more than 4.2 megawatt hours of new storage capacity - under the first round of the 100 Neighbourhood Batteries Program.

Empowering communities

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 Victorian Government’s $42 million 100 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.

First round projects

The largest battery project in the first round is Mondo Phillip Island with seven 100 kilowatt/250 kilowatt-hour (kWh) 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.

Other batteries being delivering include:

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

The next round of applications will open in August 2024, visit the 100 Neighbourhood Batteries grants page for more information.

Page last updated: 28/03/24