Australian-first Microgrid

9 March 2020

We recently unveiled a microgrid project that’s close to our hearts. A project that is an Australian-first in microgrid development – but is also important as it supplies affordable power for those who need it most.

This microgrid system is installed on an apartment block in Melbourne. It includes 70kW of solar, 54kWh of battery storage, and Solshare energy distribution technology connected to 52 apartments.

The 52 tenants, who all have physical disabilities or other challenges, will now be able to use cheaper renewable energy from the one solar and battery system.

Energy Minister Lily d’Ambrosio helped our team at Gippsland Solar to launch this microgrid project in Preston. It was subsidized by the Victorian Government’s Community Hubs program, and delivered in partnership with our friends at Ovida, Allume Energy, Housing Choices Australia and Australian Energy Foundation.

Our team have raised the bar even higher with this project, and we are proud to deliver the first solar and battery microgrid of its kind in the country.

Even better, we love seeing cheaper renewable energy becoming available to those who need bill relief the most. Rising inequality is a huge social issue, and one that projects like this will help to address.