Who was engaged in this project?
Read about our community engagement approach and timeline.
YEF and partners, including Yarra Council, consulted widely with the Yarra community more broadly before conducting targeted engagement and consultation activities with the trial site residents and businesses.
YEF and Yarra Council formed a Community Reference Group (CRG) made up of several local residents in Fitzroy North. The CRG has and continues to inform the design and location of the community battery, as well as informing the project team’s decision-making.
YEF engaged CitiPower, the electricity network provider, the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, and experts from the Battery Storage & Grid Integration Program researchers at The Australian National University.
YEF also engaged community climate groups on community batteries through the Metropolitan Community Power Hub, which was a separate project led by YEF, funded by Sustainability Victoria.
The funding for this project was provided by the Victorian Government through the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative, and was announced in August 2021.