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Purpose of 100NB

The 100 Neighbourhood Batteries Program provides grants through multiple funding rounds to support the installation of 100 neighbourhood-scale batteries to improve energy reliability and provide energy storage capacity for locally generated solar power, which is expected to increase access to renewable energy and help lower energy bills.

How is it different to NBI?

The program builds on lessons learned through the successful Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI) and paves the way for a new generation of energy storage to benefit local communities.

Objectives

The Victorian Government is funding these grants to achieve the following outcomes and objectives:

  • benefits from local renewable energy and energy storage are passed on to consumers, including lowering household energy bills
  • increased energy reliability
  • reduced costs of network upgrades
  • communities feel they are personally contributing to Victoria’s energy transition
  • scale up the delivery of operational models for neighbourhood-scale batteries.

How does the grant work?

Round 1 of the 100 Neighbourhood Batteries Program closed on 31 October 2023. It made available total program funding of up to $10 million, with up to $300,000 project funding available per battery.

Projects funded under Round 1 must be completed by 1 August 2025.

Key dates

  • Round 1 closed 31 October 2023
  • Dates for future rounds have not yet been confirmed but are anticipated to be Q3 2024 and Q1 2025.

What will be funded?

The eligibility criteria for Round 1 of the 100NB program consisted of:

Stream 1: Delivering network and community benefits

Funding (of up to $300,000 per battery) for project(s) that:

  • implement one or more neighbourhood battery(s) (including installation and commissioning)
  • demonstrate quantified benefits for both the electricity network and local electricity consumers
  • include a minimum 30% cash co-contribution
  • each battery must be a chemical battery of a minimum size 25 kW/ 50 kWh and maximum 5M W/ 10 MWh
  • will complete project delivery by 1 August 2025.

Stream 2: Delivering community benefits

Funding (of up to $300,000 per battery) for project(s) that:

  • implement one or more neighbourhood battery(s) (including installation and commissioning)
  • demonstrate quantified benefits for local electricity consumers
  • include a minimum 10% cash co-contribution
  • each battery must be a chemical battery of a minimum size 50 kW/ 100 kWh and maximum 5 MW/ 10 MWh
  • will complete project delivery by 1 August 2025.

Round 1 Application Guidelines

Round 1 Application Guidelines are available as a reference for prospective applicants. Please note that these may be slightly amended for future funding Rounds and should be used as a guide only.

Page last updated: 31/01/24