Sixteen households in Mooroolbark in Melbourne’s east will be part of a trial renewable energy mini-grid being delivered by energy provider Ausnet Services. The Victorian Government is supporting the project, which it believes to be the first of its kind in the state.

Ausnet will provide the households with a solar panel power system, a purpose-built 10 kilowatt-hour battery and control and data communication equipment. The 16 dwellings will share a common connection point to the main grid.

The trial aims to have the participants generate and store their own electricity from solar, and eventually share it with other homes within the mini-grid.

Victorian minister for energy and resources Lily D’Ambrosio launched the trial, which is expected to increase understanding of mini-grid management and how they interact with the main grid, as well as providing insights into residential battery storage.

“Local communities want a clean energy future and projects like the Mooroolbark mini grid trial are a step in that direction,” Ms D’Ambrosio said.

“The findings from this Victorian-first trial will help inform how we can grow renewable energy generation in communities around the state.”