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.
Many of us at MEFL ride bikes to work, but our Project Support Officer Elly Pattison outdid us all recently by pedalling from Melbourne to Canberra in the zoo2zoo ride. That’s 840km in six days, with some big hills along the way! Even better, Elly’s mum Jill rode with her.
Thirteen riders completed the Melbourne-Canberra ride, and 34 rode the second leg from Canberra to Dubbo. Altogether both groups raised almost $50,000 for the Black Dog Institute.
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…
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
In response to some frequently asked questions, the Positive Charge team has been working on a series of short videos. The videos are designed to provide easy-to-understand information on technical matters.
Here are the first two:
How solar works
What size system do I need?
The second national Community Energy Congress is just two short weeks away, at the Melbourne Town Hall on 27-28 February. The Congress will bring together up to 700 people, from the experts who pioneered the sector, to those who are just starting their foray into community energy.
Victoria now has a Renewable Energy Advocate. Simon Corbell was appointed to the position late last year.
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!
MEFL helped 5 businesses on Lygon St, East Brunswick install timers for their coffee machines. The timer turns the machine off in the evening and back on in the morning. This helped the businesses to save around $820 annually, which roughly equates to selling an extra 1,000 cups of coffee a year.
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.
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.