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Sparking new partnerships

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.

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MEFL joins Future Business Council

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.

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Solar for renters and apartments

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.

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KeepCups

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.

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Sydney Road Street Party

On Sunday 4 March Sydney Rd Brunswick was once again a sea of people for the Sydney Road Street party. This annual event is part of the Brunswick St Music festival and sees Sydney Rd transformed from a busy road with cars, trams and bikes to a pedestrianised road with thousands of people out and about to shop, eat, drink, listen to live music and learn about local groups and initiatives.

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An Inconvenient Sequel

On 21 February nearly 300 people turned up to a free screening of Al Gore’s film An Inconvenient Sequel – Truth to Power at Coburg Town Hall.

The film screening was hosted by MEFL and Climate Action Moreland which was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A chaired by MEFL’s CEO Alison Rowe. An acknowledgement of country was delivered by Cr John Kavanagh, the Mayor of Moreland.

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Healthy Homes

Moreland Energy Foundation (MEFL) is very excited to be the delivery partner for the Victorian Healthy Homes program.

The research program, which is funded by Sustainability Victoria, will help low income households where people are living with chronic health problems and focus on improving the warmth of their home during winter. The study’s research partner, University of Technology Sydney (UTS) will then measure whether the improved warmth leads to better health and wellbeing outcomes. The program will also measure whether the upgrades help to reduce energy consumption in the homes.

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More solar for Moreland businesses

MEFL has been helping businesses across the City of Moreland save money on their energy bills by going solar. Including local business Otto and Spike who installed a 29.8kW system using Environmental Upgrade Financing. This is a new form of finance which enables local businesses to borrow money through Moreland City Council to fund environmental upgrades to their buildings. It provides businesses with access to low cost finance and enables them to spread repayments over an agreed period to ensure they are cash flow positive throughout.

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Positive Charge out and about

The Positive Charge team will be out and about over the next few weeks, delivering information sessions, a movie screening, an author talk and more. See below for details.

  • Thursday 15 Feb. Energy Efficiency, Coburg Library. Come along to learn some simple ways to save. Register here
  • Wednesday 21 Feb. Free Movie Screening: An Inconvenient Sequel. We’ll be showing Al Gore’s latest film about Climate Change, followed by a panel discussion. Register here

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