Yarra Ranges Council was successfully awarded $10 Million for a $13.4M Program through the Federal Government’s Preparing Australian Communities Fund. A portion of this funding has been allocated to the Resilient Energy Precinct microgrid feasibility study in Monbulk.
This project aims to physically the Monbulk Sporting Pavilion and Monbulk Living and Learning Centre together to share power, and virtually test connecting a range of other community properties into a microgrid that includes local renewable generation and energy storage.
The project will run from July 2022 to March 2024. Yarra Ranges Council is partnering with Monash University and Birdwood Energy to conduct the feasibility study, utilising their microgrid, smart energy and commercial expertise to support the project.
Community members will be engaged throughout the study duration to ensure the microgrid model accurately reflects community priorities. Please see the links below for more information, or sign up for our microgrid newsletter.
(Caption: Graphic Illustration summarising community feedback from workshop in November 2023)