A reserve in Tarneit will soon be home to the first neighborhood battery on the Powercor network to support households to share in the benefits of the area’s thriving rooftops.
Power distribution system operator Powercor will install the battery at the northwest corner of Gleneagles Avenue Park in Tarneit, with work expected to begin in the coming months.
Greg Hannan, Powercor’s head of non-grid solutions, said the transition to more renewables means there’s more electricity during the day when the sun is out and out.
Batteries on the Powercor network ensure that all unused power is stored and then delivered to local homes later in the day when electricity demand is typically higher.
“The Tarneit and surrounding community are leading Victoria’s renewable energy boom with over 40% of local homes connecting solar panels to our grid,” said Mr Hannan.
“The battery will absorb excess solar energy generated by households during the day and feed it back to all customers when electricity demand is high. It will benefit up to 170 homes connected to this part of the grid, whether they have solar power or not.
“In this way, the battery will also help improve reliability in the area, reduce CO2 emissions and pave the way for more households to connect and share locally generated solar energy with their neighbors in the future. “
Local residents are invited to attend a community event at Gleneagles Avenue Park on June 9 between 10am and 2pm to learn more about the project.
Residents will also have the chance to have their say on what the battery room will look like once the installation is complete.
Mr Hannan said projects like this help shape the future of the electricity grid.
“By enabling access to more renewable energy in communities, our network is a critical gateway to a clean energy future to support our customers and the environment.
In Tarneit, Hoppers Crossing and Truganina, more than 13,800 customers have solar energy connected to the grid.
The battery, which is supported by the Victorian Government’s Neighborhood Battery program, is expected to be operational by the end of 2022.