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Give a little energy justice this holiday season

I have already shared with you what a big year 2018 was for us here at MEFL. A key theme has been our ongoing pursuit of energy justice – we want to make sure we look after all our neighbours across Australia.

A special project

Therefore, I wanted to share with you a special project that we are particularly proud of and to give you an opportunity to get involved…

The Re4Bre project, based in Brewarrina in northern NSW, is founded on the vision of local elder Uncle Ike. Ike wants “to see all the Indigenous people who live in country areas who struggle with power to have cheap power. It doesn’t have to be a burden to them. Let them live, and enjoy life.”

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Research Data Advisor – position at SV

The Victorian Healthy Homes Program is a first-in-Australia randomised controlled trial design that measures and monetises the health, energy and climate change benefits of improved energy efficiency and warmth in 1000 low-income Victorian Households.

Sustainability Victoria is the lead organisation of the trial and contractual relationships for the two main parts of this program. The Research Data Advisor, sits within Sustainability Victoria’s Sustainable Homes Team, reporting to the Manager, Sustainable Homes and forms part of the Business and Built Environment Group.

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A MEGA year at MEFL

What a MEGA year 2018 has been! At MEFL our focus has been on delivering our major programs, building our organisation and supporting our people. This has seen us smash our impact targets in the areas of renewables installed, emissions reduced and advice provided to households.

We have launched our new Strategic Plan which will guide our future work; we have a bold vision for an equitable zero carbon society. That’s a big task and we are up for it. MEFL’s role is to accelerate the energy transition by empowering communities to take action.

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Solar for Renters

The Solar for Renters pilot project is now largely concluded. There were four successful installs and around 30 tenants and landlords participating in surveys providing rich insight into the barriers and potential pathways to solar installation on rental properties. The pilot enabled rental property owners in Moreland to install solar systems on houses in exchange for slightly higher rental incomes, while tenants benefit from saving more on their energy bills than the cost of the rent increase.

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