The Victorian Government is investing in a series of commercial ready, smart, microgrid demonstration projects across Victoria. These commercial demonstrations will include battery storage and new technology solutions with the potential to boost renewable energy dispatching using smart systems.
These demonstration projects will showcase the use of energy storage in different settings and in combination with other complementary technologies. The demonstration of smart microgrids will help Victorians attract international interest and provide education, skills, investment and job creation opportunities.
Latrobe Valley Microgrid Program
The Latrobe Valley Microgrid Program (LVMP) will contribute up to $3 million in grant funding for a microgrid project based in the Latrobe Valley.
The LVMP aims to:
- Lower the cost of electricity for participating businesses (customers)
- Lead to the attraction of new businesses, expansion or retention of existing businesses in the region
- Deliver economic development outcomes (direct and indirect jobs and investment) and support the transition of the Latrobe Valley to a low-emission economy.
The LVMP key dates, facts and information on how to apply are available below.
Key dates - LVMP
|LVMP applications open||20 August 2018|
|LVMP applications close||2pm, 17 September 2018|
|LVMP application assessment||September 2018|
|Completion of grant funding||June 2022|
How to apply
Click on the 'Start a New Application' below and follow the prompts.
To access a saved application, click on the 'Access a Saved Application' below.
Start a New Application
Access a Saved Application
Application documents for the Latrobe Valley Microgrid Program are referenced below.
Microgrid Demonstration Program
The $10 million Microgrid Demonstration Program was announced in December 2017, to support the development and implementation of microgrid demonstration projects that address key microgrid sector challenges and contribute to the unlocking of the sector in Victoria.
Applications to this program closed in June 2018.
The Microgrid Demonstration Initiative grant program funding is supporting eight state-wide microgrid projects totalling over $37 million in value.
The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change has started announcing projects and will conclude announcements in September/October 2018.
Projects currently announced include:
Ovida - Community Energy Hub Project:
Ovida has been awarded $980,000 in grant funding for its $2,038,850 project. The project aims to install shared solar PV and battery systems at 3 multi-tenanted buildings in Melbourne to demonstrate how residential and commercial tenants can access and share renewable energy resources to reduce household energy costs. The scheme will allow interested tenants to opt-in and reduce the amount of electricity purchased from the electricity grid.
Euroa Environment Group has been awarded $680,000 towards a $6 million project. The project will demonstrate the economic opportunities for shared renewable energy and battery assets in communities. It will reduce the local demand for electricity from the grid and reduce the need for seasonal diesel generators. In doing so, the community of Euroa will demonstrate an economic alternative for local renewable generation for network operators.
Origin Energy Virtual Power Plant (VPP):
Origin Energy has been awarded $4.5 million to develop a $20 million cloud-based project that will distribute power from up to 650 customers with solar PV and batteries during peak periods. The VPP will boost grid stability by discharging power from solar PV and batteries located at homes and commercial and industrial sites to reduce their power bills.
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