Electric Avenue Maldon

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Our first regional community battery

Powercor has begun works to install a ground-mounted 90kW/270kWh battery in Maldon, as part of our Electric Avenue program and supported by a Federal Government grant under the Community Batteries for Household Solar Program.

Once completed the Maldon Community Battery will soak up excess solar from nearby rooftops and share the benefits of cheap, clean, and local renewable energy with nearby customers.

Supporting the uptake of rooftop solar is important to communities, the network, and the environment. Maldon’s solar penetration of 37 per cent is above the network average of 25 per cent, making it an ideal location for low-voltage energy storage.

The site selected is near the corner of Parker Street and High Street, Maldon. It will service to up to 50 homes with high quality power, regardless of whether they own their own solar system or not.

Acknowledgement of Country

Powercor recognises Dja Dja Wurrung as the Traditional Owners of Maldon. We pay respects to Elders past and present and look forward to working in partnership with DJARRA (Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation) to complete this project.

The battery icon marks the location of the Maldon community battery

Delivering more benefits to the community

Powercor’s Electric Avenue program has shown that community batteries provide an innovative way for communities to store power when the sun is shining and use it when needed. It also helps the network operate more efficiently by avoiding expensive upgrades and distribution line losses.

Community batteries are becoming a popular way for electricity distributors like Powercor to put downward pressure on network tariffs while increasing the grid’s ability to host more locally generated electricity.

This project is being delivered in collaboration with the Commonwealth Government and DJAARA, formally the Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation, along with support from Mount Alexander Shire Council and our community stakeholders.

We work with a variety of partners and stakeholders to deliver new energy solutions, create jobs, and provide cheaper, cleaner, and more reliable electricity for our customers. To learn more about how energy storage is transforming communities, please visit our Powerful Neighbours Report (PDF – 8.6MB).

An improved design

The Maldon Community Battery will be identical to the Tarneit Community Battery, but with the latest upgrades designed to improve its energy efficiency.

The ground-mounted community battery is about the size of a small car. Each unit is approximately 2.4m high, 0.7m wide and 1.1m deep.

All the components are housed in one unit. A new overhead cable connecting the battery to the nearest substation will also be installed.

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.

The battery is expected to have a lifespan of approximately 10 years. After that, Powercor will either replace, repurpose, or recycle the unit in line with the manufacturer’s end-of-life plan.

Frequently asked questions

Why was Maldon chosen?

Maldon was chosen by the Federal Government through its Community Batteries from Household Solar Program on the back of a successful community campaign. Well done, Maldon!

Powercor responded due to Maldon’s high solar penetration and current network constraint which may help defer costly upgrades in the future. This helps ensure the benefits of network-owned community batteries are shared with everyone.

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