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The race to 100 per cent renewable town is on

MEFL’s Renewables Broker Manny Pasqualini is a busy man; he’s also Director of Victorian Projects and Capacity Building at Community Power Agency.

Manny recently had an article published in the Border Mail (based in Albury-Wodonga), titled “The race to 100 per cent renewable town is on”.

The article begins:

Communities around the world are leading the way in the transition from polluting fossil fuels to clean renewables. Suburbs, small towns and, increasingly, entire cities are driving the change to an exciting future for 100 per cent renewable energy.

Towns like Newstead, Uralla, Lismore, Byron Bay and Coffs Harbour and countless others across the country are developing and implementing 100 per  cent renewable policies…

Read the full article on the Border Mail website.

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Community groups go solar

MEFL has formed a partnership with Powershop to help Moreland’s community groups reduce their outgoings and carbon emissions by installing solar.  MEFL is channelling funds raised through Powershop’s Your Community Energy initiative to local projects. Under this initiative Powershop customers pay a few cents extra per unit of power and this money is used to fund solar for not-for-profit or charitable organisations.

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MEFL at Sydney Road Street Party

Drop by for a chat and play a card game with us at the Sydney Road Street Party! We’d love to hear from you on the actions you’re taking to reduce your emissions, or want to take but feel it’s too difficult.

We’ll have information on hand to do with solar, draught-proofing, insulation, switching to LED lighting, heat pumps, and can talk with you about how you can invest in a Community Renewable Energy project.

Plus we want to gather suggestions from the community on what we need to be doing to help Moreland’s transition to zero carbon.

Our stand will be located at 234 Sydney Road directly opposite the Brunswick Town Hall.

Weather permitting, Sunny the Solar Bear may also put in an appearance!

The Sydney Road Street Party is on Sunday 5 March, 11am-3pm

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Renewable Energy Advocate

Victoria now has a Renewable Energy Advocate. Simon Corbell was appointed to the position late last year.

Mr Corbell was previously Minister for the Environment and Climate Change in the ACT. Among other achievements, he was responsible for the delivery of large scale solar and wind farms. He also brought in the ACT government’s target of 100% renewable electricity by 2020.

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Staff profile

Kate Nicolazzo

Manager, Positive Charge

As Manager, I look after the team. I make sure we are all focused on the right things, have the right skills and knowledge and we maintain our passion to achieve our very big vision for helping  communities to transition a zero carbon future. I am also in charge of developing new business opportunities and partnerships and at the moment we are focused on expanding to New South Wales!

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Cooling Communities

As a way to mitigate the Urban Heat Island Effect, MEFL in a partnership with Moreland City Council is working on a project named Cooling Communities. This project is funded through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and will work in areas of social housing in Moreland.

Why Moreland?

Moreland’s suburbs are particularly vulnerable to heat waves due to a lack of green infrastructure and lack of water bodies such as rivers or lagoons. An analysis shows that vulnerability to the UHIE is particularly extreme in areas of social housing. This project aims to create a set of recommendations which will promote UHIE resilience in social housing areas, for use by local government, social housing providers, and residents across Victoria.

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6 star NABERS rating for MEFL office

nabers-certificateWe’re delighted to announce that the MEFL office has been given a 6 star NABERS tenancy rating. This is the top rating and according to NABERS, “demonstrates market-leading performance”.

The rating recognises our energy-efficient practices such as:

  • Turning off computers when not in use
  • Automatic switches for lights so they’re not left on
  • Our purchase of 100% GreenPower.

More information about NABERS tenancy ratings on the NABERS website.