The Victorian Government has announced it will fund the development of a new microgrid demonstration project in Birchip.
State Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio announced Birchip Cropping Group would receive $210,000 to develop a microgrid that will include solar PV and battery storage at its local facility.
The project, led by SwitchDin, will provide a working demonstration of microgrid technology to lower energy costs and improve energy reliability for the region’s farmers.
SwitchDin will work with project partners Birchip Cropping Group and Walnut Energy Systems to deliver the $319,000 project that has the potential to be used as a model for other farms and businesses across Victoria.
“We’re investing in the technologies that will help more Victorians take control of the energy bills,” Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said.
“This microgrid project will support a local business to grow and help grow the renewable energy industry.”
Victorian Minister for Energy Lily D’Ambrosio said the funding was part of the statewide Microgrid Demonstration Initiative program that is providing $10 million towards eight microgrid projects worth more than $37 million across the state.
“This project will help demonstrate the benefits of microgrids for farmers and rural businesses,” she said.
“These projects are part of our plan to drive down energy prices, reduce emissions and create a pipeline of investment in renewable energy.”