Community batteries are scalable and flexible solutions that can help stabilise the grid and prepare local communities as we increasingly decarbonise and electrify our homes and transport.
You do not have to formally partner with Ausgrid to install a community battery. If you are interested in installing a community battery in your area, you may wish to obtain in-principle agreement from Ausgrid for a suitable network connection point.
You can choose to submit a preliminary enquiry, or directly progress to the connections applications process and avoid the additional cost of a preliminary enquiry, however for speculative projects the preliminary enquiry provides more flexibility. We will respond to your enquiry within 10 business days.
Undertaking a preliminary enquiry has an upfront non-refundable fee of $473.07, so we recommend you check that you can meet any criteria required before submitting.
In particular, check that:
If you are unsure if submitting a preliminary enquiry is right for you, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include as much information as you can. Below are some answers to additional questions you might have. While these provide some background information, we recommend you seek your own advice before applying for the program.
The Program aims to deploy community batteries across Australia to help lower bills, cut emissions and reduce pressure on the electricity grid by allowing neighbourhoods to store and use the excess power they produce.
In December 2022, the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) released the funding guidelines for the first 58 community batteries along with identification of eligible locations. Six of the locations are within the Ausgrid network.
Ausgrid has been awarded grants to deliver the community batteries in Bondi/Bondi Beach, Breakfast Point/Cabarita, Cammeray, Narara, Warriewood and North Epping.
The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will deliver the remaining funding streams and is expecting to release their final round of funding in late 2023.