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This work was funded by the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) as part of the Neighbourhood Battery Initiative (NBI)

Before you commence a neighbourhood battery project, you should go through the preliminary feasibility stage to check that a neighbourhood battery is right for you and that, on a high level, you have the basic requirements for getting such a project off the ground. To start off, go through our ‘First Things First’ section, reading through the three listed articles below to make sure you are clear about the benefits, need, and expectations related to neighbourhood batteries. Either during or after checking off understanding of these three aspects, you should also check out the ‘Alternatives to neighbourhood batteries’ to check you haven’t missed anything and understand the context of the technology. Finally, we have compiled a preliminary feasibility checklist, ‘Are you ready to go?,’ which should be used to confirm you have everything you need to go on to the ‘Design, Test, Implement, Evaluate’ stage.

Before you go any further, make sure you understand the potential benefits, need, and expectations of a neighbourhood battery:

What other options are there besides a neighbourhood battery that you should also consider?

Now that you have done an initial check that a neighbourhood battery is what you need and your community may want, let’s check you have all the project components you will need for a successful neighbourhood battery project. These include: 

  • Capabilities
  • Network characteristics
  • Community
  • Sites
  • Partnerships and relationships

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