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Our Innovation 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.

Metropolitan Community Power Hub

A one-stop hub for practical energy solutions

YEF is leading Victoria’s first Metropolitan Community Power Hub with funding from Sustainability Victoria. The Hub aims to reduce emissions and mobilise local climate responses by building knowledge, participation and capacity of local climate community groups.

Key activity areas of the Hub:

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

The Hub will connect councils and community climate groups in surrounding local council areas, including Yarra, Port Phillip, Darebin, Glen Eira, and others, and is planned to run until mid-2022. If you or your organisation would like to get involved, contact us.

Project contact
Peter Mercouriou, Senior Project Manager
peter.m@yef.org.au

Community Batteries

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 12-month trial 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.

Project contact
Chris Wallin, Community Battery Project manager
chris.wallin@yef.org.au

Solar programs

Free and trusted guide on your journey to solar and batteries

The Yarra Solar Program is a not-for-profit initiative supported by the Yarra Council, run by experts at the Yarra Energy Foundation. The program has facilitated hundreds of installs across the City of Yarra and provides access to quality installations at discounted prices based on the bulk purchase of solar panels and negotiated terms with accredited and trusted installers.

Contact us for a free, no-obligation quote for solar or batteries. Those living within metropolitan Melbourne may also be eligible for a free quote, advice, and discounts through the Metro Community Power Hub.