Taking the Power Back: Designing a Replicable Neighborhood Grid Public
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Transitioning to alternative energy can help the environment and lower energy bills, but the process can be complicated, and the up-front costs can be high for individual homeowners. In collaboration with the Australian Energy Foundation, our team worked with residents of Halpin Street in Brunswick West, VIC, investigating the path they might take and the options they might consider in setting up a neighborhood microgrid. Through the literature review, interviews with local companies and residents, and solar mapping software, we identified the best options for energy generation, storage, monitoring systems, and AC/DC inverters, sharing our recommendations with residents and outlining our process so other neighborhoods might work together to pursue this path.
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