Sustainable energy supply

MEFL is working at the forefront of sustainable energy supply. Currently we are working in partnerships to build business and technical models which can demonstrate and evaluate the capacity for decentralised energy. This has provided great technical and strategic capacity which can be applied to a broad range of sustainable energy supply projects.

Our Services

MEFL offer a range of sustainable energy supply services, including;

  • Building business models which demonstrate the capacity and case for decentralised energy.
  • Technical analysis of sustainable energy solutions for commercial, council and community projects.
  • Carbon management frameworks, strategies and policies for local government.
  • Solar capacity, performance modelling and technical feasibility.

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Clean energy toolkit

The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet required a clean energy toolkit that local governments can utilize to develop mid-scale (30kW – 10 MW) clean energy projects. The project – a collaboration between MEFL and Net Balance – developed comprehensive, practical project models that overcome the barriers and assisted in facilitating clean energy projects by local councils.

Renewable Energy Precincts

The toolkit resources and associated reports were used to inform the work of the Renewable Energy Precincts program and utilised by local governments throughout NSW to scope and implement mid-scale clean energy projects. As well as providing the toolkit MEFL has delivered complementary training throughout NSW on how to use the toolkit and what other resources are available.

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Zero Net Energy Town

MEFL is leading a consortium in the development of a business case and blueprint for a Zero Net Energy Town (ZNET) in rural NSW.

The project will determine how best to use local renewable energy resources, energy management and storage technologies to generate at least 100 per cent of the town’s energy needs.

The town of Uralla in NSW which is located inland from Coffs Harbour in the New England region has been chosen from five towns that submitted applications to become the zero net energy town. They won their place based on significant local commitment and a passion for renewables with already widespread solar uptake.

The NSW government will provide $105,000 through the Office of Environment and Heritage to fund the business case and blueprint.

We are very excited to be leading the successful consortium. We’re working with Enhar, Little Sketches, Climateworks, Percepscion and former Net Balance and Deloitte economist Rod Marsh to deliver this landmark project.

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Electricity Use Impacts of Photovoltaic Installations Study

The Electricity Use Impacts of Photovoltaic (PV) Installations Study investigated the impacts of installing a solar PV system on the electricity consumption of Victorian householders.

The project gathered data from Victorian households with solar PV and without solar PV and accessed their billing data to ascertain if there were any changes in household electricity consumption.

The results from the research, which involved about 3500 households from across Victoria, indicate that there is no statistically significant variation in electricity consumption between households with PV systems installed and those without. Significantly the results also indicate the absence of a ‘rebound effect’ once households have installed solar PV.

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Solar Shading Modelling Project

MEFL has undertaken a solar modelling project for the Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure (DTPLI) which examines the impact of various development scenarios on  shading of solar systems.

The modelling and subsequent report provides analysis on both the annual generation loss and environmental impact as well as loss of financial return on investment of the various development scenarios and utilises the PV assist modelling system to depict a range of electrical configurations and incorporating a wide range of influencing factors such as time of use tariffs and varying energy consumption profiles.

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Solar Scale Up

This project aims to catalyse the solar energy opportunities for the NAGA region, by bringing together technical advice, business case development, implementation, and operational support; NAGA and its members will lead by example, with solar installations on councils’ facilities, and more installations in the community. Through NAGA’s regional collaboration its members will be able to efficiently and effectively scale up solar energy across the northern region.

Overview

To date much of the focus of councils’ activities, both corporate and community, to reduce greenhouse emissions and save energy costs has focussed on energy efficiency measures. The opportunity to realise local solar electricity generation to reduce emissions has been regarded as cost prohibitive until recently. However, the situation is changing. There are currently over 60 installations on NAGA councils’ corporate and community sites generating nearly 600kW capacity (approx. 2,400 panels). Installations range from 12 – 330 kW in the 9 NAGA municipalities. The City of Yarra will have the largest with 330 kW capacity, when an additional 140kW is added this year to its existing 190kW. There is a range of reasons why solar generation is relevant to local government:

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