December 22, 2017


The Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change, the Hon Lily D’Ambrosio, last week launched the Victorian Government’s Microgrid Demonstration Initiative grants program.

The Microgrid Demonstration Initiative is now open for applications to the Expression of Interest stage.  Applications to the Expression of Interest close on 15 February 2018.

The Expression of Interest will be followed by a Request for Proposals stage in 2018. The Request for Proposal will be open to short-listed Expression of Interest applicants only.

Up to $10 million is available in grant funding. Grant funding for individual projects will range from $100,000 to $5 million.

Who can apply?

Applications are open to a broad range of organisations and can include single entities or a consortium of participants. All applications, whether single entities or a consortium must nominate a lead organisation that meets the eligibility criteria.

What types of projects are eligible?

Funding is available to support projects that:

  • address one or more of the regulatory, technical, economic or social challenges to the development of the clean energy microgrid sector in Victoria
  • explore different business models, respond to different drivers and may have a variety of technical configurations
  • provide economic, social and environment benefits to the state
  • will share learning and support local players in unlocking microgrid markets

To find out more about the Microgrid Demonstration Initiative, how to apply, and to download detailed program guidelines and other supporting documentation, please visit:

Individual meetings with the Microgrids Project Team

We understand that you may have questions about the Microgrid Demonstration Initiative Guidelines and the application process.  Members of the Microgrid Demonstration Initiative project team will be available to meet with you, either in person, or by teleconference for applicants outside the metropolitan area.

To request an individual meeting, please send an email with your contact details, to and one of the project team will get back to you to arrange a meeting.

We look forward to working with you to ensure the success of the Microgrid Demonstration Initiative.

Best regards,

The Microgrid Team

Energy Commercial Projects and Programs Division
Energy, Environment and Climate Change | Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

Level 2, 8 Nicholson St, East Melbourne, Victoria 3002
T: 03 9194 4014 | E: