What

The DELWP Community Microgrids and Sustainable Energy Program (CMSEP)will build a cluster of subsidised energy systems in Omeo to provide increased energy security during network outages and emergencies like storms, heatwaves, or bushfire.

As a key commercial hub for the region, Omeo has been chosen as a focus town for the CMSEP. Subject to the guidance provided by the Omeo community, and results from the Survey and Expression of Interest forms, AusNet Services will design a solution that improves the energy resilience of Omeo.

Type of systems

Essential Services sites may include facilities such as Fire Stations, Police Stations, medical clinics, as well as schools, public halls, and other community centres.

In recognising the importance of robust alternative energy systems on key public buildings, the Community Microgrids and Sustainable Energy Program will subsidise relevant systems at Essential Services sites.

Systems may include on-site rooftop solar panels, a battery and/or a diesel generator to provide power for essential service sites during a network outage.

Selection of the most suitable sites will be guided by community and local authorities.

Subsidised solar and battery solutions will be designed for medium and large businesses to provide a resilient power supply during network outages.

These sites will be selected to serve as hubs for larger groups of people in the event of a sustained outage or emergency.

Equally, they could be businesses with large public access areas, air conditioning, catering facilities, toilets and showers. Fuel supply sites, schools, and banks may also be considered.

The Community Microgrids and Sustainable Energy Program (CMSEP) will provide additional incentives for property owners to purchase high quality solar and battery systems.

These incentives are in addition to any rebates available through existing Federal and State government schemes.

The systems will include rooftop solar panels and a battery for local storage of excess daytime solar generation for evening use.

During network outages, these systems will be able provide a finite amount of backup power for household items such as phone and laptop chargers, fridges, lights and WiFi routers.

The CMSEP residential systems will also be installed with a smart energy management device (Mondo Ubi), allowing the system to be integrated into the future microgrid and virtual power plant (VPP) initiatives.

Why

The aim is to improve the energy resilience of Omeo. The project seeks to build a pathway for future energy innovation to support local people and community life, and provide better energy certainty to the community including during times of bushfire and other extreme weather events.

Who

Preparation for implementing this project has included consultation with the following groups:

  • East Gippsland Shire Council
  • Omeo Region Community Recovery Association (ORCRA)
  • Country Fire Authority (CFA)
  • Victoria Police
  • Ambulance
  • ORBTA
  • Community Groups in Omeo

How

The Program is seeking the following support from the Omeo community to roll-out the Simple Microgrid and increase the town’s energy resilience:

  • 60 residents to sign up for subsidised solar and battery systems
  • 2 businesses to sign up for subsidised business-scale solar and battery systems
  • 3 Essential Services buildings to sign up for heavily subsidised a solar, battery and generator backup system

You can provide input through the Expression of Interest and Survey on this page:

Expression of Interest (EOI)

The EOI can be submitted by residents for subsidised residential energy systems, which may include the following:

  • Business and Essential Service rooftop solar and battery storage (closed 30 November 2021).
  • Residential Rooftop solar and battery storage (open until 28 January 2022).
  • Smart energy control devices for existing solar system owners (open until 28 January 2022).

At the same time, the CMSEP is seeking EOIs for the Essential Service Systems and the Business Systems. Preferred sites will be selected based on community guidance, emergency planning inputs from Council / other Authorities and technical feasibility.

Submit an EOI at: Join Omeo’s first renewable energy program | Mondo

EOI applicants will be contacted by AusNet within two weeks to discuss the Program and potential solutions, however there is no obligation to proceed. If suitable, the AusNet representative will talk through technology and pricing options and applicants may then elect to proceed to the quote phase. The quote phase will not occur until the first quarter of 2022.

The information submitted in the EOI will comply with the AusNet Services Privacy Policy which can be viewed at: Privacy (ausnetservices.com.au)


Please note: Submitting a Survey does not constitute submitting an Expression of Interest for a subsidised energy system. To submit an Expression of Interest, please see the EOI information above and follow the link to Mondo’s website.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you, in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws. For more information read DELWP's Information Privacy Policy at:

www.delwp.vic.gov.au/privacy

DELWP or its contracted service providers may use your contact details under confidentiality agreements to survey you about your experience with DELWP.

Your submission has been collected by DELWP to inform the 'Have your say Survey' for the Community Microgrids and Sustainable Energy Program (CMSEP). Your response will be made available to AusNet Services and be used to inform business sites and essential service sites for energy systems; to understand your potential interest in a subsided solar and battery system, and to get your view on the 'electricity supply of the future.' AusNet Services may contact you following your response to the Survey.

The views and experiences of the community are critical to the success of the CMSEP. Stakeholder input received from the Survey will help to achieve the aims of the program.

You will be asked to confirm the following when you respond to the Survey and provide comments.

I agree to my submission being made available to AusNet Services for the purpose of the CMSEP.

On completion of the Survey, DELWP may do the following with your submission:

  • Share a copy of your submission with AusNet Services (with or without your name and organisation).
  • Share a copy of your submission on the Engage Victoria or DELWP website (without your name and organisation).
  • Make your submission available to other Victorian Government agencies (with or without your name and organisation.
  • Quote directly from your submission in the review documentation (without your name and organisation).
  • Publish the contents of your submission on a Victorian Government webstie (without your name and organisation), which is accessible worldwide and allows any person to view your submission. Your submission may remain on external servers, even once DELWP has removed it from the Victorian Government website.

You have the right to access and correct your personal information. Requests for access should be sent to the Manager Privacy, PO Box 500 East Melbourne 3002 or contact by phone on (03) 9637 8697.

The DELWP Privacy Policy can be accessed online at:

http://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/5464/DELWP-Privacy-Policy.pdf