Community Batteries
Batteries are key to supporting the growth of renewable energy sources. A community battery is a shared solution for a local neighbourhood that allows both that neighbourhood and the wider community to access the multiple benefits batteries can provide.
Narara Community Battery

Benefits of community batteries

  • Allows more rooftop solar and electric devices, such as electric vehicle chargers to be connected.
  • They will strengthen the grid reducing the need to limit (curtail) solar exports and help customers maximise their solar investment.
  • Helps share more solar within the local area, including to households without solar.
  • Creates a positive impact on wholesale electricity prices that could eventually flow through to reduced electricity prices
  • Helps to regulate voltage on the network and improves network quality in the local area.
  • Offers a flexible alternative to traditional poles and wires investment and helps lower network costs.
  • Access to an online information hub where the community can see how much energy was stored and used daily.

Artwork and Artists

Ausgrid is proud to work with First Nation artists, and artist collectives to showcase local artwork on our assets.

Looking Down on the Land by Sharon Smith – Kendall Reserve, Cabarita

Sharon Smith is a descendant of the Wiradjuri tribe of western New South Wales. Her paintings reflect her love of the natural world. Through her depictions of landscapes, trees and animals, Sharon explores her own personal connection with and her people’s age old relationship to the earth.

The artwork displayed on the Cabarita Community Battery is about connecting to land and water listening to our Elders to create a better place. It is about creating connection when sharing our stories and is a part of healing and helps us to become as one. The symbols represent men and women travelling the land and the rivers.

Travelling across Country by Emma Peel – Mitchell Park, Narara

Emma Peel is a proud Gamilaroi woman from far north west NSW. She is a local Artist, currently living on Darkinjung country on the Central Coast of NSW. Her artwork which has been designed for Ausgrid, is titled ‘Travelling across Country’.

The artwork displayed on the Narara Community Battery is a travelling journey across the state of NSW and displays areas of significance to this artwork. From the bottom to the top we have Oatley, Sydney, Hornsby, Gosford, Wyong, Newcastle, Nelson Bay, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Muswellbrook and finally Scone. Whilst travelling, our Mother Earth provides landscapes that are unique, colourful, harsh, beautiful and spiritual across Australia. These elements are depicted in ‘Travelling across Country’.

Garad Flying by Leanne “Mulgo” Watson Redpath

Leanne is an artist, educator, book illustrator and a Dharug woman commonly known in the Aboriginal community as Mulgo, meaning Black Swan. The daughter of Aunty Edna Watson and Uncle Allan Watson, elders of the Dharug community, Leanne was born and raised in Sydney. She started painting at a young age and has spent her life living, promoting and protecting Dharug culture, people and places. 

The Dharug yiyura are connected to all on our ngurra we listen to country and the cries of the garads as they fly above warning us to listen, watch and learn from our ngurra. 

Yiyura is a Dharug word for people. Ngurra means home, place of belonging or country. Garad is a Dharug word for the yellow-tailed black cockatoo. 

Skylight by Daniel McDonald - Warriewood

Daniel is a proud deaf First Nations Wonnarua artist, living on Gadigal land. His art is inspired by what he sees and feels from the physical environment, the atmosphere, human interaction, and the dreamtime. He started painting when he was 5 years old under the watch of The Elders, who taught him to paint and show meaning through art. The Elders gave Daniel an understanding of community and encouraged him to become an artist.

‘Skylight’ is about overcoming adversity and never surrendering to negative things that come our way. It conveys the idea of both calmness that can be attained from being still in our physical environment; and a resolve never to give up.

For more on Daniel’s artwork visit

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