Birchip Cropping Group will receive $210,000 for the development of a new microgrid demonstration project which will include solar PV and battery storage.

The project will be led by SwitchDin, providing 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 which has the potential to be used as a model for other farms and businesses across Victoria.

The Microgrid Demonstration Initiative program is providing $10 million towards eight microgrid projects worth more than $37 million across Victoria.

“This project will help demonstrate the benefits of microgrids for farmers and rural businesses,” State Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio, said.

“These projects are part of our plan to drive down energy prices, reduce emissions and create a pipeline of investment in renewable energy.”

Lauren Butler

Lauren ‘LJ’ Butler is the Assistant Editor of Utility magazine and has been part of the team at Monkey Media since 2018.

After completing a Bachelor of Media, Communications and Professional Writing at the University of Wollongong in 2014, and prior to writing about the utility sector, LJ worked as a Journalist and Sub Editor across the horticulture, hardware, power equipment, construction and accommodation industries with publishers such as Glenvale Publications, Multimedia Publishing and Bean Media Group.

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