IN BRIEF: The Andrews government’s microgrid experiment continues, with Origin Energy set to receive $4.5 million to build what the government claims will be Victoria’s largest virtual power plant (VPP).

The Victorian government is contributing close to a quarter of the $20 million in funding needed for the cloud-based project, which will distribute power from up to 650 customers with solar PV and batteries during peak periods.

The Origin Energy VPP will boost grid stability by discharging power from solar PV and batteries located at homes and commercial and industrial sites.

This initiative is part of a $10 million Microgrid Demonstration Program first announced by the government in 2017 as part of its $146 million Renewable Energy Action Plan. The program will support eight state-wide microgrid projects worth over $37 million. 

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