Solar Bulk Buy Community Contribution

The Yarra Energy Foundation is committed to helping our community transition to zero carbon economy in the most equitable way possible. Access to local renewable energy will increase the resilience of our community, soften the impact of energy price shocks, and reduce our collective carbon footprint. We believe that we all need to pull together in Yarra and help out where we can to help spread the power of the sun.

Participants of this program voted for the local community group that they would like to see receive solar. Although it was very close, John Street Early Childhood Co-operative received the most votes – a testament to the great work that they do within our community. YEF is excited to work with John St in installing rooftop solar in the coming months.


Our Past Community Donations

In 2015, through another solar bulk buy program, the Yarra Energy Foundation, Solar Neighbourhoods and Commpower donated an 8 kW solar PV system to St. Mary’s House of Welcome in Fitzroy. The success of that program and the generosity of our partners will continue to contribute to SMOW’s work as a support centre for disadvantaged people experiencing homelessness, poverty and mental health issues. They provide hot showers, meals and emergency relief to around 150 disadvantaged people each day.

“The donation will save a small fortune on electricity costs, which can be put back into providing food and other essential services for the people who rely on St Mary’s for support”. – Tony McCosker, CEO, St. Mary’s House of Welcome