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Position at MEFL – Executive Assistant to CEO

We are seeking an Executive Assistant to MEFL’s CEO, Alison Rowe.  This is a unique opportunity for someone with strong business administration and communication skills to upskill themselves in the clean energy sector, whilst undertaking the crucial role of Executive Assistant to the CEO.  This could be an entry-way for a recent graduate of Environmental/Sustainable Management, or for someone wishing to utilise their project management or business administration skills to move into this sector.

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Wodonga Community Solar

Moreland Energy Foundation, with our partners the Alternative Technology Association (ATA) and Akin Consulting, have developed a feasibility and business case for of the City of Wodonga (Council) and Renewable Albury Wodonga (RAW). It investigates the potential for a two-megawatt community solar project to be developed within the municipality, with the community benefit of the project directed to low income households and community education within the Wodonga region.

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Spark! 2018: Save the date

The Spark! 2018 conference will be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 September. We are also very excited to announce our two platinum sponsors are Powershop and Jemena – thank you to these key partners, who will add a wealth of knowledge and experience to the event. There are a number of sponsorship spots still remaining, so do get in touch if you’d like to be involved.

Spark! is MEFL’s cornerstone event and we are delighted to be convening it again. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from our inaugural conference in 2016.

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Solar for business

Businesses across Victoria are putting solar on their roof and becoming energy efficient to help cut rising electricity costs and improve profitability, while doing their bit for the environment. Positive Charge and participating Victorian Councils can support your business through the sometimes tricky process of going solar in four key steps.

  1. Request quotes from Positive Charge’s panel of carefully vetted suppliers.
  2. Receive solar quotes showing financial savings for your business.
  3. Positive charge help you understand the quotes and finance options.
  4. You find the deal that’s right for you.

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CEO swap

MEFL and Sustainability Victoria did a CEO swap last week. MEFL’s Alison Rowe spent a day at Sustainability Victoria, and SV’s Stan Krpan came to MEFL for the day.

Stan was soon immersed in many aspects of MEFL’s daily work, sitting in on phone calls to the Positive Charge team, discussing energy transition issues with MEFL staff and getting out on the road for visits to local organisations that are involved with Positive Charge’s solar program.

We had some great conversations, including a morning tea with staff where Stan talked about how he came to have a passion for people-centric sustainability. He also ‘pressed go’ on the email to launch our Solar for Renters Pilot with the 60 people who have expressed an interest in being involved. Stan’s tweet at the end of the day summed it up: “Very inspired by your commitment and great work and learned a lot!”

Photo: Stan Krpan (left) with MEFL’s Helen Eveleigh and Daniel Beaton.

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Staff profile – Victoria Hart

I am MEFL’s new Head of Delivery, responsible for overseeing MEFL’s suite of programs including specialist areas of community engagement, energy efficiency, sustainable energy supply, carbon neutrality, urban development, zero carbon strategies and the delivery of energy assessments and energy upgrades to those most vulnerable in our society.

With 17 years’ experience in sustainability, across both the private and public sector, I joined MEFL as I am passionate about building capacity in people and our communities, and delivering real action on the ground. I have tertiary qualifications in engineering, arts, management and energy and climate change studies.

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Sparking new partnerships

MEFL’s biennial conference Spark! was launched in 2016. The first conference cemented MEFL as a leader in bringing together the community and industry to address the future of Australia’s energy market.

Spark! 2018 will held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 September. Based on feedback from the first conference, the program will have two distinct streams – one centred on the community and the other industry focused.

We are seeking sponsorship partners to ensure Spark! is even better in 2018. There are a number of different ways you can become involved.

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MEFL joins Future Business Council

MEFL has been working with businesses of all sizes and from all backgrounds for many years and we know that the business sector is well positioned to embrace Australia’s renewable energy transition. We launched our commercial solar program in 2017 (see below for a video of one of our first installations) and in 2018 we are looking to expand our work with the business sector. To that end we were thrilled to join the Future Business Council at the start of 2018.

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Solar for renters and apartments

MEFL is working with Moreland City Council to pilot two programs to see if we can unlock solar power for renters and people in apartments.

38% of Moreland residents rent their home and 17% are in apartments, which means that solar power is much harder to install for them. We are investigating simple yet effective mechanisms to unlock solar on rental properties and apartments. We’re currently recruiting to find households to participate.

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