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, 12 Jun 2018 01:33:03 +0000 en-AU hourly 1 https://www.mefl.com.au/mefl2016/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/cropped-mefl-logo-01-2-45x45.png Moreland Energy Foundation Limited https://www.mefl.com.au 32 32 114584860 Big Solar Switch https://www.mefl.com.au/news/big-solar-switch/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/big-solar-switch/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 07:06:44 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4888 The Big Solar Switch campaign aims to be Australia’s largest switch to solar power. The campaign will unlock the massive potential of not-for-profit and community organisations by helping them to go solar. This initiative has been developed by MEFL and Community Buying Group exclusively for Australia’s 55,000 registered charities and 600,000 community organisations. It uses ... Read more »

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The Big Solar Switch campaign aims to be Australia’s largest switch to solar power. The campaign will unlock the massive potential of not-for-profit and community organisations by helping them to go solar.

This initiative has been developed by MEFL and Community Buying Group exclusively for Australia’s 55,000 registered charities and 600,000 community organisations. It uses the strength of aggregated purchasing to reduce the cost and barriers of installing solar PV systems.  The package includes a ‘best value’ guarantee which includes negotiated rates for the sector, extended warranties, expert advice and links to funding.

Benefits for not-for-profits

Following a detailed tender process, the Big Solar Switch initiative engaged a panel of the three best solar PV suppliers in the Australian market.  Suppliers have been thoroughly vetted and components independently assessed for quality by the Alternative Technology Association. Suppliers are also signatories to the Clean Energy Council – Approved Solar Retailer code that ensures the supplier provide quality products, comply with consumer protection laws and will back the operation of the systems well into the future. Importantly, the campaign provides the support, advice and guidance by solar experts to enable the community sector to switch with confidence. In addition this initiative provides free project management support to make a switch simple and logical for community organisations.

Housing sector

Community Buying Group is responsible for ensuring the sector receives an equal opportunity to access the solar pricing and benefits.  The housing sector has been identified for the first roll-out due to the additional social benefits (alongside the economic and environmental benefits) of providing an ongoing reduction in the cost of electricity.

Register now

Not-for-profit organisations have been encouraged to register their interest early as the offer is limited.  The initial deadline for Housing Providers is 15 June 2018, followed by large not-for-profit entities in late June.

More information at the Big Solar Switch website or call 1300 909 670.

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Farewell and thanks Monique https://www.mefl.com.au/news/farewell-monique/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/farewell-monique/#comments Tue, 15 May 2018 07:04:14 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4892 Monique Conheady was our second Chair of the Board, taking over from the wonderful Mike Hill. After almost eight years and working with our last two CEOs she leaves MEFL We will miss her dearly and we thank her for the huge amount of time she has dedicated to MEFL. During her tenure Monique has ... Read more »

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Monique Conheady was our second Chair of the Board, taking over from the wonderful Mike Hill. After almost eight years and working with our last two CEOs she leaves MEFL

We will miss her dearly and we thank her for the huge amount of time she has dedicated to MEFL. During her tenure Monique has taken the organisation through an amazing journey.

We had a lovely celebration with staff on Monique’s last day and she reflected on the huge amount of growth the organisation has undertaken since she first joined. Monique also reflected on how important her tenure has been and how being the Chair of MEFL has set her up for her future endeavours. She is also very excited to continue to follow MEFL’s accomplishments as we head into our next chapter under our new strategic plan. The work on the new strategic plan was one of Monique’s last formal capacities as Chair.

We wish Monique all the very best for the future and look forward to remaining firm friends!

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CO2 Performance Ladder https://www.mefl.com.au/news/co2-performance-ladder/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/co2-performance-ladder/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 07:02:29 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4897 The CO2 Performance Ladder is a Dutch tool used to drive down supply chain emissions. It could generate significant emissions savings amongst suppliers – even greater than the corporate emissions of the local governments that buy from them. The CO2 Performance Ladder is in widespread use by governments in the Netherlands and has contributed to a saving ... Read more »

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The COPerformance Ladder is a Dutch tool used to drive down supply chain emissions. It could generate significant emissions savings amongst suppliers – even greater than the corporate emissions of the local governments that buy from them. The CO2 Performance Ladder is in widespread use by governments in the Netherlands and has contributed to a saving of 3.2% of carbon emissions amongst participating companies.

When suppliers are tendering for government business, the tool compels them to show how much they have been able to reduce emissions in their own operations. Suppliers are independently audited annually and receive a certificate marking their progress. There are five levels of certification, or ‘rungs’ on the ladder. When going for a tender, the supplier that has achieved stronger emissions reductions is more likely to win the tender.

The Northern Alliance for Greenhouse Action (NAGA) has investigated the potential of the tool in the Australian market with a feasibility study conducted by Arup. The study demonstrated the potential for large emissions reductions. NAGA is now leading a submission for funding from the Victorian state government to develop a business case and test the implementation of the CO2 Performance Ladder.

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Staff profile – Tyson Busch https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-tyson-busch/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/staff-profile-tyson-busch/#respond Tue, 15 May 2018 07:00:24 +0000 https://www.mefl.com.au/?p=4904 Business Analyst I am currently managing and carrying out the Business Improvement Project, which is made up of several initiatives that aim to reduce manual effort in our processes, provide efficiencies and prepare MEFL for future growth. Previously I worked for 11 years at Australia Post, where I first began in HR covering roles in ... Read more »

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Business Analyst

I am currently managing and carrying out the Business Improvement Project, which is made up of several initiatives that aim to reduce manual effort in our processes, provide efficiencies and prepare MEFL for future growth.

Previously I worked for 11 years at Australia Post, where I first began in HR covering roles in Learning & Development, Organisation Development, Workplace Health & Safety, Advisory and Recruitment. I then moved on to various Business Analysis and Consulting roles. I really enjoyed the variety of work; it ranged from sitting in a van driving around with a parcel delivery officer asking about their day, to filling out data sheets at 1:00am, to thinking out a deployment strategy for a new system in HQ. While working at Australia Post I completed a Bachelor of Business in HR and Info Systems and a Master of Commerce (General Business).

I have been playing guitar for a while and like a good old jam and making music! I enjoy turn-based strategy games and helping out at my local soccer club as a team manager and committee member. Now and again I also get stuck into some tree planting and weeding as part of our group called Friends of Eumemmering Creek.

The best piece of sustainability advice I ever got/gave is…Use less of everything to begin with.

The thing I love most about Moreland is…the vision and leadership it showed back as early as the 1970s and 80s and continues to prosper as a progressive and environmentally conscious city.

I love…food – the two prime food ‘Ps’ in particular, Pizza and Pasta!

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Wodonga Community Solar https://www.mefl.com.au/news/wodonga-community-solar-2/ https://www.mefl.com.au/news/wodonga-community-solar-2/#comments 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 platinum sponsor is  Jemena – thank you to this key partner, who will add a wealth of knowledge and experience to the event. There are a number of sponsorship spots still remaining, so do get ... 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 platinum sponsor is  Jemena – thank you to this key partner, 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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