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Potential battery locations

City of Melbourne, City of Port Phillip and City of Yarra have been working with the Yarra Energy Foundation to identify potential locations from a technical perspective for future neighbourhood batteries.

Across the three councils, we have identified 16 areas for further assessment. We selected these areas because of their potential to generate high levels of solar energy and use the energy the battery would store.

We want to hear from the communities in and around these areas to understand how they feel about potentially having a neighbourhood battery in their area, the kinds of benefits they want to see and ideas for specific locations.

Our online survey closed midnight on 6 August 2023.

Pop up sessions

Saturday 29 July 2023 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

East Melbourne

outside Kere Kere cafe, Fitzroy Gardens

Friday 28 July 2023 11:00 am – 02:00 pm


Kathleen Syme Library

Saturday 22 July 2023 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

South Yarra

Fawkner Park Seniors Centre / Tennis Centre

Map of potential neighbourhood battery locations

Community champions

We looked for members of the community who are passionate to participate in activities from late April to July 2023. We ran this part of the engagement in partnership with City of Port Phillip and City of Yarra.

Champions will be supported to promote the project through your existing networks and to bring the community along the journey, and build your knowledge around the purpose and potential benefits of neighbourhood batteries.

We know communities across the cities of Melbourne, Yarra and Port Phillip want urgent and ambitious action to mitigate and adapt to climate change. Local battery storage is critical in powering neighbourhoods with renewable energy and meeting net zero greenhouse gas emissions targets.

All three councils are working together to undertake community engagement to build community knowledge around the purpose and benefits of neighbourhood batteries and how they can participate meaningfully. This includes exploring what the community think about potentially having neighbourhood batteries in their local area, including what might motivate their support or concern them.

We are looking for 30 passionate people to undertake the following activities between late April and July 2023.

Essential activities:

  • Attend a two-hour welcome session on Thursday 27 April from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Library at The Dock that covers an introduction to the project and your role. This session will also include training on how to host your own conversations about neighbourhood batteries.
  • Attend two workshops, one on Tuesday 2 May from 6.30pm to 8.30pm at Library at The Dock and the second in July 2023, to provide your feedback.
  • Promote the project through your existing networks and channels to bring the community on the journey and build their knowledge around the purpose and potential benefits of neighbourhood batteries.

Optional activities:

  • Support us to deliver the engagement:
    • by attending drop-in sessions
    • undertaking facilitated engagement sessions through your existing networks/groups
    • report on the engagement that you have undertaken.

We are looking to recruit a mix of people that reflect the diversity of the three municipalities. We want to hear from people passionate about neighbourhood batteries and people who might not know much about neighbourhood batteries or have concerns about neighbourhood batteries.

Champions will receive $150 for taking part to support with any out-of-pocket expenses. We can also provide additional supports as required, just let us know what you need when you complete your expression of interest.

Throughout the period, we will regularly check in with you and can provide advice and guidance as needed.

Please complete the form below to express your interest in becoming a Neighbourhood Batteries Community Champion. If you have any trouble answering these questions or prefer to provide your answers over the phone, please call 9021 0608.

EOI forms are due by Sunday 16 April 2023.

We’re collecting this information to ensure the Community Champions represent the diversity of the three municipalities.

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