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Moreland goes mega

More than one megawatt of solar power capacity has been installed in the City of Moreland through MEFL’s Positive Charge team this financial year. This is more than double the result for 2016/17, when Positive Charge installed 439 kilowatts across Moreland, and the first time this milestone has been realised in a financial year.

This milestone has been achieved by action from households, community groups, schools and businesses across Moreland.

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The Next Boom

As well as leading the team here at MEFL, our CEO Alison Rowe chairs the Future Business Council – the new voice for business in Australia, of which MEFL is a proud member. Recently Alison and several other MEFL staff attended the launch of the Future Business Council’s updated The Next Boom report. They came back from the event excited and energised about the opportunities for Australia to lead the development of a clean, green and progressive economy.

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Big Solar Switch

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.

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CO2 Performance Ladder

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.

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Staff profile – Tyson Busch

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).

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Wodonga Community Solar

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.

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Spark! 2018: Save the date

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.

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Solar for business

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.

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CEO swap

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.