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Our Projects

At YEF, we’re part of a community working towards better energy and the practical solutions that will enable more people to transition to a net zero carbon future. This future is approaching fast and we’re supporting those making it happen.

Assessing emergency relief centre buildings in Melbourne's west

Providing new data to improve building resilience and preparedness for extreme heat events

The Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning has engaged YEF to undertake 40 building assessments in Melbourne’s west. Contact: Phani Yeggina, phani.yeggina@yef.org.au

Metropolitan Community Power Hub

This project ended 30 June 2022. Read the key outcomes and impacts here.

A one-stop hub for practical energy solutions

YEF led Victoria’s first Metropolitan Community Power Hub with funding from Sustainability Victoria in partnership with several climate community groups. The Hub reduced emissions and mobilised local climate responses by building knowledge, participation and capacity of local climate community groups.

Key activity areas:

  • Solar for residents and businesses
  • Transitioning to electric, and getting off gas
  • Energy literacy and knowledge sharing
  • Community batteries, raising awareness and scoping

Community Batteries

The community battery was installed and launched on 5 June 2022. Key outcomes and reports will be shared on this website when available.

Enabling more solar and expanded access to renewable energy

The Yarra Community Battery Project will be the testing grounds for metropolitan Melbourne’s first community battery and is supported by an  $800,000 grant from the Victorian Government.

The battery will help eliminate solar waste, make energy more affordable, enable more solar installs, and increase community-wide access to locally-produced renewable energy.

The pilot project aims to demonstrate the operational and commercial viability of community battery and develop a sustainable, equitable and replicable model.

A community battery, or neighbourhood battery, is a mid-scale energy storage unit (typically about the size of a small 4WD vehicle). It is designed for a neighbourhood, which allows the wider community to access and store renewable energy.

Read more about community batteries.

Small Business Energy Saver Program

The program is now fully subscribed. YEF’s involvement in the project was completed 30 June 2022. Key outcomes and reports will be shared on this website when available.

Supporting businesses transition to better energy

YEF was engaged by Sustainability Victoria to assist in the rollout of the Small Business Energy Saver Program. According to Sustainability Victoria, by upgrading to more energy efficient equipment, the 4,426 businesses who participated in the Small Business Energy Saver program since March 2021 have reduced their annual energy bills by more than $3.6 million. The program has also saved 12,890t CO2e annually or 154,900t CO2e over the lifetime of the products.