Moreland Energy Foundation Limited https://www.mefl.com.au MEFL is dedicated to tackling climate change. We work with communities, partners and governments to implement sustainable energy projects. Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:56:06 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://www.mefl.com.au/mefl2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-mefl-logo-01-2-32x32.png Moreland Energy Foundation Limited https://www.mefl.com.au 32 32 114584860 Wodonga Community Solar https://www.mefl.com.au/news/wodonga-community-solar-2/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/wodonga-community-solar-2/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:52:23 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4786 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 ... Read more »

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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.

Partnership model

The Wodonga community, through local community energy group RAW Energy and Council, appointed MEFL to test the conditions in which a community-developer partnership (a type of community energy model) can be successful to demonstrate that a partnership model can work locally. The project was funded through a Victorian Government New Energy Jobs grant.

The feasibility stage of the project engaged local stakeholders and presented a number of potential models for them to consider. The ‘community-developer partnership’ model was chosen as a best fit for the local context and a business case process, involving three potential scenarios, was applied to determine whether this approach to community energy is viable in Wodonga.

Background

The transition away from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources has gathered significant momentum and increasing diversity in Australia in recent years. Strong Victorian government support for community-based organisations pioneering new energy delivery models, is further stimulating a strong ‘community energy’ sector that is seeking to help shape our energy system by creating fairer, locally beneficial models for renewable energy generation.

Recent testing for community investment in renewable energy projects in Australia suggests there is a large and diverse range of community members ready to become ‘ethical investors’ for modest return, low risk opportunities, which have a demonstrated community benefit.  This continues to encourage communities like Wodonga to innovate new community investment models and conduct feasibility studies in their local areas as the clean energy transition continues to build momentum.

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Spark! 2018: Save the date https://www.mefl.com.au/news/spark-2018-save-the-date/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/spark-2018-save-the-date/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:51:16 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4777 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, ... Read more »

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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.

Lots to talk about

It has been an extraordinary two years in the energy sector – rising energy prices and carbon emissions, grid security concerns and the future of energy management – so there is certainly plenty to discuss. In response to feedback from the last conference, Spark! 2018 will consist of two streams focusing on both the community and industry sectors, addressing a broad range of topics. Once again, most workshop sessions will be run twice to enable maximum attendance.

Industry experts

We will be joined at Spark! 2018 by some of the industry’s most innovative and progressive experts – more on that and many of the topics to be discussed in the weeks and months to come. However one thing remains certain, MEFL is uniquely placed to host an event of this nature given our respected place in the industry, our independent not for profit status, and our multi-disciplinary collaborative approach.

So put it in your diary and tell your friends and colleagues – the countdown to Spark! 2018 is on.

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Solar for business https://www.mefl.com.au/news/solar-for-business/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/solar-for-business/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:50:42 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4770 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. Request quotes from Positive ... Read more »

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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.

Finance solutions

Participating Councils and Positive Charge are helping local businesses save money on their energy costs by linking them to low-cost finance solutions, which require no upfront investment. These solutions – Environmental Upgrade Agreements (EUAs) and community solar finance – have been carefully developed to enable businesses to benefit from the transition to renewable energy.

Case study

Positive Charge recently helped Conga Foods in Coburg North install a 458kW solar system. This is expected to reduce their grid energy consumption by over 40%, which will save the company over 700 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and thousands of dollars in operating costs each year.

To find out more about these options and to see if solar is right for your business call Positive Charge on 9385 8555 or email hello@positivecharge.com.au

Photo: a line-up of 16 inverters, used to handle the power produced by Conga Foods’ solar panels. Perhaps we should call it a Conga line?
(A domestic solar system generally needs just one of these inverters.)

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CEO swap https://www.mefl.com.au/news/ceo-swap/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/ceo-swap/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:50:05 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4767 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 ... Read more »

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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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Belle Vue Park Primary School goes solar https://www.mefl.com.au/news/belle-vue-park/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/belle-vue-park/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 07:45:05 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4764 Over the last school holidays Belle Vue Park Primary School in Glenroy installed solar on their roof. The system will reduce the school’s carbon emissions and will also save thousands of dollars a year on their electricity bills. MEFL support Belle Vue Park Primary school approached MEFL last year to discuss energy efficiency and solar. ... Read more »

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Over the last school holidays Belle Vue Park Primary School in Glenroy installed solar on their roof. The system will reduce the school’s carbon emissions and will also save thousands of dollars a year on their electricity bills.

MEFL support

Belle Vue Park Primary school approached MEFL last year to discuss energy efficiency and solar. MEFL assisted the school in obtaining three solar quotes from our carefully selected commercial installers. MEFL was also able to assist the school in understanding their quotes, in order for them to make an informed decision.

The school installed a 29.9kW system (115 panels). The system should generate enough electricity to supply at least 57% of the school’s electricity needs, saving them thousands of dollars per year. In the first year the system should save the school over five thousand dollars.

Green Team

Belle Vue Park Primary School has an active student Green Team. The team are excited about the school generating their own clean energy. The money saved will be able to go toward other valuable resources for the school.

Why schools?

Schools are a ‘no-brainer’ when it comes to installing solar, as they mostly use power during daylight hours. Over the school holidays when the school’s energy needs will be much lower, the solar power will go into the grid for someone else to use and the school will receive a Feed-in Tariff (FiT) for the surplus power.

If you are part of a school or community organisation and are considering solar call the Positive Charge team on 9385 8555 to discuss getting some help with obtaining and understanding quotes.

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Staff profile – Victoria Hart https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-victoria-hart/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-victoria-hart/#respond Tue, 17 Apr 2018 00:27:28 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4760 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 ... Read more »

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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.

When I’m not at work you can often find me at a café or bar in Collingwood having a leisurely coffee or craft beer. I love travelling and adventuring with my partner and our 18 month old daughter and catching up on live music. Some of my favourite concerts have been the Killers, Muse and Phoenix.

I have an ambition to one day climb to the base camp at Everest, hike to Machu Picchu, snorkel in the Galapagos Islands and swim with Humpback Whales in Tonga. One day….maybe…

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Sparking new partnerships https://www.mefl.com.au/news/sparking-new-partnerships/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/sparking-new-partnerships/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:43:26 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4591 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 ... Read more »

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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.

There has already been significant interest in partnership arrangements, with both Platinum Partnerships having already been filled! (announcement shortly)

We believe Spark! is vital to an ongoing balanced conversation about Australia’s energy transition and hope to have many organisations and individuals contributing to this unique event, with its mix of community and industry.

For more information or to discuss any of the partnership packages for Spark! 2018 and receive a copy of the Partnership Prospectus, please contact Rachel Maddocks, Head of Engagement on 9385 8585 or rachel@mefl.com.au

We’ll give more details on Spark! 2018 in future eBulletins.

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MEFL joins Future Business Council https://www.mefl.com.au/news/mefl-joins-future-business-council/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/mefl-joins-future-business-council/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:41:32 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4594 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 ... Read more »

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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.

What is the FBC?

The Future Business Council is the new voice for business in Australia. They represent the interests of the innovative, sustainable and resilient businesses that will define our future economy. MEFL joins a group of leading companies that know the world is rapidly changing and understand a new approach is needed for business to survive and thrive this century. We can’t wait to see what 2018 will bring for the business community.

Otto & Spike

Local business Otto & Spike has installed a 29.97kW solar system for $31,500 that is estimated to SAVE them $179,455 over 20 years. 💰😱💰Best part? The Brunswick business will pay for the cost through their council rates, resulting in positive cash flow.~~ Contact Moreland Energy Foundation to see how solar could work for your business ➡ http://bit.ly/2EZeABn ~~

Posted by Moreland City Council on Monday, 26 February 2018

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Solar for renters and apartments https://www.mefl.com.au/news/solar-renters-apartments/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/solar-renters-apartments/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:39:54 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4602 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 ... Read more »

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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.

More information

More information for landlords and tenants

More infomation for apartment dwellers 

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KeepCups https://www.mefl.com.au/news/keepcups/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/keepcups/#respond Tue, 13 Mar 2018 06:38:34 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4610 We are still selling our Moreland Zero Carbon KeepCups. The cups are sold as part of our fundraising efforts to get more solar and energy efficiency measures in local schools and community groups, as well as to fight the War on Waste. Five dollars from the sale of each cup goes into our Moreland Renewable Energy ... Read more »

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We are still selling our Moreland Zero Carbon KeepCups. The cups are sold as part of our fundraising efforts to get more solar and energy efficiency measures in local schools and community groups, as well as to fight the War on Waste.

Five dollars from the sale of each cup goes into our Moreland Renewable Energy Fund.

Many cafes that are selling the cups are offering a free coffee with purchase and discounts on coffee when you bring your cup in for  a refill. Participating cafes have also signed up to the Responsible Cafes network, which offers a discount to customers using a reusable cup. Check out their website for more participating cafes in and beyond Moreland.

Want to know which cafes have the KeepCups? See a list of participating cafes.

If you would like to sell the KeepCups in your café or business contact Lucy Best at MEFL

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