MyTown Microgrid

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.
To complete the Ecologic Survey click here

Got any questions?

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

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Join our free webinar - 7th September at 7.30pm on ZOOM

The impact of household solar on total energy consumption

The project will be running a number of webinars for the community to keep you updated. To this purpose we want to invite you to our first online webinar on Tuesday 7th September 2021 at 7:30pm

The webinar will discuss solar PV in Heyfield and how it might contribute to setting up a local microgrid. It will also provide a short project update and dive into some of the preliminary findings.  

Heyfield is considered to have a large amount of roof-top solar in comparison with the rest of Victoria. Many households have installed solar panels which contribute to the local electricity production.  

At the webinar, we’ll be answering key questions such as:

  • What difference does it make for the overall consumption in town?

  • What contribution could household solar make for a local microgrid in Heyfield?

  • Does it make sense for people to add new solar panels or add capacity to their existing systems?

  • How could the individual consumption be optimised for community benefit?

  • What other technologies – and how much of it is needed to match the town’s consumption profile?

Heather Smith, Researcher with the Institute for Sustainable Futures and Community Energy expert will conduct the webinar and she will be joined by the rest of the project team in delivering an update to the community.

To register, email

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