Community Sparks

Community Sparks

To reach 100% renewables our Shire will need greater grid capacity and/or storage at all levels of the grid. ‘Community-scale batteries’ have been proposed as a solution to part of this challenge.

With growing interest in this space, the State Government launched the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative which sought to learn about and support these batteries across Victoria.

And in 2022 the Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) partnered with the Hepburn Shire Council and Hepburn Energy to investigate community batteries across the Shire as part of a project called ‘Community Sparks’.

The project team have now assessed the technical and social feasibility of community-scale batteries across much of Central Victoria.

For more information, read some of our reports linked below. The final report will be an educational booklet for release in early 2023.

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