MyTown Microgrid is an innovative, multi-year, multi-stakeholder project undertaking a detailed data-led feasibility study for the historic town of Heyfield.
$1.8 million from the Federal Regional and Remote Communities Reliability Fund and $100,000 from the Latrobe Valley Authority was granted to the project partners to undertake a study, testing what local energy solution is feasible and desirable for the town.
The Heyfield Community Resource Centre, Wattwatchers Digital Energy, and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are leading the project. They are joined by partners the Public Interest Advocacy Centre Ltd. (PIAC), Federation University Australia, AusNet Services, RMIT University, Latrobe Valley Authority (LVA), and the Community Power Agency (CPA).
More and more communities are taking control of their own energy supply in Australia. Spurred by new, affordable, clean technology options, these communities are part of a global movement changing the way electricity is generated, transmitted, stored and used. Localised solutions empower communities to become resilient and adapt to crisis situations.
Assessment and design will be built on a platform of deep community engagement and capacity building. The objective is a better energy future for the people of Heyfield, and a role model for other communities.
The feasibility study continues to need information about energy usage from residents and businesses in Heyfield, Coongulla, Cowwarr, Denison, Glenmaggie, Seaton, Tinamba West and Winnindoo. If you would like to participate, then please click the registration and consent form and follow the link the Ecologic Energy Survey.
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Latest project news:
Heyfield MyTown Microgrid Feasibility Study on target
Four months on from its official launch in February and Heyfield’s MyTown Microgrid Feasibility Study has hit its first major milestone.
Over 50 Wattwatchers smart energy devices have now been installed at residential properties in and around Heyfield, plus two primary schools, with more being installed at businesses and more homes over the coming weeks.
Monitoring data also will support deep community engagement, empowering the community to verbalise its future energy vision, and plan to meet its needs and wants.
Recipients of the monitors can view and understand their energy usage, and generation (if they have solar) across their main circuits through the Wattwatchers mydata.energy mobile app, or a desktop dashboard, at no cost for the duration of the project. By being better informed, users can have greater control over their usage and optimisation of renewable energy sources such as solar.
Over the next six months, the project will continue to engage the community through workshops and webinars outlining technical options and potential business models. Three public display installations, showing summaries of the real-time data collected by the monitors, will be situated at key points around Heyfield.
If you have any questions about the MyTown Microgrid feasibility study, please click on the button to access our Frequently Asked Questions or email the team on: or call: 03 5148 2100