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Community Batteries

Yarra Community Battery Trial

YEF, CitiPower, City of Yarra, and the Australian National University are pursuing one of Victoria’s first community battery trials. Community members in the City of Yarra are invited to contact YEF with expressions of interest to be involved or learn more about the project. Contact information@yef.org.au or via our online contact form.

See our events calendar for upcoming sessions on community batteries and other energy projects.

What is a community battery?

A community battery, or neighbourhood battery, is a mid-scale energy storage unit (typically about the size of a small 4WD vehicle). It is designed for a neighbourhood, which allows the wider community to access and store renewable energy.

The trial

The community battery trial is based in the City of Yarra, Victoria. It will be the testing grounds for Melbourne’s first inner-suburban community battery. The trial has received funding through the Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Battery Initiative to demonstrate the community support, operational, and technical viability of community batteries. Through the trial, YEF and partners hope to learn:

  • How to design a system which is financially sustainable, and ideally replicable and scalable.
  • How to work with the community and stakeholders and incorporate their feedback and ideas into the design of the trial.
  • How to design for and manage concerns about equity and energy affordability.
  • How battery control software can be optimised to manage the flows of electricity and interfaces with users.
  • How to ensure that a battery model operates within existing regulatory guidelines.
  • How to deploy a battery on the ground within planning regulations.

Want to contribute?

Tell us what you know, think or feel about community batteries in this short 3-minute survey! Your responses will help to inform our understanding of community perceptions and priorities to ensure the  battery is a sustainable and equitable outcome for the whole local community. Attend our upcoming events on community batteries and community energy to learn more.