Community Battery Initiative
As the transition to renewable energy is becoming more and more progressed, Geelong Sustainability is leading the charge in progressing community batteries for Greater Geelong.
Community Batteries, which are also sometimes referred to as ‘Neighbourhood Batteries’, are a type of battery storage for energy. These batteries are bigger than a home battery and can help to power a small neighbourhood.
Geelong Sustainability has been funded by the Victorian Government Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to conduct a feasibility study around community batteries in the City of Greater Geelong region. This study results will help feed into potential future projects, funding, policies or structures for Community Batteries in this region.
Geelong Sustainability has been working for many years to support the development of renewable sources of power in the Greater Geelong area. The group is keen to support the electrification of society and move away from the use of fossil fuels.
The group has actively been involved in projects that enable local residents and businesses to install roof top solar and distributed storage - including the most recent Geelong Community Solar program where 1720 kW of Solar and 835 kWh of battery were installed across ~300 residential and commercial applications.
Geelong Sustainability is working with DELWP, the City of Greater Geelong, ITP Renewables and Tango Energy to study how best to incorporate that distributed storage.
As part of the feasibility Geelong Sustainability has opened a Community Battery Survey for community members to have their say about Community Batteries. The group hopes the survey will gather the community’s interest, understanding, concerns and needs in regard to Community Batteries.
Are you interested in Community Batteries?
The Community Battery Survey has just opened giving community members from all walks of life the opportunity to have input. We would be very grateful if you took a moment to fill out the survey below:
This survey only takes 5-10minutes to fill out and will help support and inform community battery projects and policies into the future. To thank you for completing the survey you will go in the draw to win one of three $100 EFTPOS gift vouchers. Click the link below to fill out the survey and go in the draw to win:
Community Battery Webinar
Geelong Sustainability is also running a free Community Battery Webinar coming up on Tuesday 12th July from 7pm-8pm. Register now!
Geelong Sustainability’s Mark Borroni will share the findings of the Community Batteries feasibility study conducted in the City of Greater Geelong region. He will share the outcomes, the benefits and challenges of such projects and insights for moving forwards.
You will also hear the results from a community engagement survey exploring the communities interests, attitudes, concerns and barriers to battery storage, in particular Community Batteries.
This is a chance to gain a better understanding of Community Batteries and a great opportunity to ask questions that you may have in our discussion time at the end.