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Electric Avenue Tarneit

This booming western Melbourne suburb is the pick for our first community battery

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Our first community battery

Powercor has installed and is testing a neighbourhood battery in the growing suburb of Tarneit as part of our Electric Avenue program and supported by a Federal Government grant under the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program. The western suburb’s location is experiencing high rooftop solar and almost 1 in 2 homes currently have a system installed.

In this project, we designed and developed a ground-mounted 120kW (360kWh) battery and installed it on the low voltage network.

The site selected is the north-west corner of Gleneagles Avenue Park, Tarneit.  The location experiences high electricity demand, high solar uptake and some network constraints.  It will provide benefits to up to 170 homes connected to this part of the network, whether they have solar or not.

A neighbourhood battery offers an innovative way of storing energy that allows communities to share power and use it when it is needed.  It also helps our network to operate efficiently. The batteries are a popular way for households to save energy costs and support the environment.

This project is being managed in collaboration with our partner the Wyndham City Council. The project is also supported by grant funding under the Victorian Government’s Neighbourhood Battery Initiative.

Picture: CEO Tim Rourke with Greg Hannan, Head of Network Strategy and Non Network Solutions, and Farshad Charmchi, Senior Engineer, Non Network Solutions.
Picture: (left to right), Greg Hannan, Head of Network Strategy and Non Network Solutions, CEO Tim Rourke, and Farshad Charmchi, Senior Engineer, Non Network Solutions.

The red star marks the location of the Tarneit neighbourhood battery.

How a community battery works

The battery works by charging at times of the day when there is low electricity demand or when local rooftop solar systems are exporting into our network.  The stored power can then be made available to the local neighbourhood later in the day when it is needed and when solar systems are no longer generating.

The peak times when most people are using power from our network are between 3pm and 9pm, Monday to Friday.

Careful design

The ground-mounted community battery is about the size of a small electric car, like a Nissan Leaf. It’s approximately 4.5m long, 1.8 wide and 1.5m high.

All the components of the battery are housed in one unit.

Like other electrical infrastructure, the aluminium steel coated unit is designed to withstand high temperatures and the corrosive effects of the weather while also providing security against external interference.

We worked with our technical partner, Next Generation Electrical, on the battery design for Tarneit.

We expect the battery to have a life of around 15 years. After that, we will look to replace, repurpose or recycle the unit in line with an end-of-life plan.

Frequently asked questions

What will the battery mean for solar feed-in tariff rates?

There will be no change to your solar feed-in tariff rates with your respective energy retailer as a result of the battery being installed.

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