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The Yarra Energy Foundation offers a range of services to ensure you are best positioned to implement your desired energy solutions.

As a not-for-profit with a strong focus on community outcomes, YEF seeks to work with clients connecting people with better energy to achieve a zero emissions future from energy.

YEF has industry-leading experience with community & neighbourhood batteries and can help you take your battery project from inception to installation.

Feasibility studies

Can you tell us if our community battery project is viable?

A feasibility study is a smart first step to help your team answer the key questions on technical and financial viability.

A study includes:

  1. Assessment of your needs and stakeholder expectations
  2. Data collection and simulation of multiple use cases based on historical data, key assumptions and possible business models
  3. Analysis, reporting and presentation of recommended energy solution(s)

You will get recommendations for:

  • The investment required, expected return and financial viability
  • The size and technical characteristics of the system
  • Key factors and main assumptions

If needed, we can also help you find the right location for your battery.

Have you considered:

  • Land availability
  • Accessibility
  • Municipal/land-use zoning
  • Noise
  • Flood/inundation risk
  • Planning overlays, such as heritage, environmental, cultural etc.
  • Proximity to nearby properties
  • Visual impact
  • Local solar penetration
  • Solar export hosting capacity opportunity
  • Proximity to network/cables
  • Demand related opportunities
  • Battery size and/or export limits
  • Insurance implications
  • Community attitudes/perceptions

See a sample table of contents

Community Battery Strategies for Local Councils

Plan your municipal Community Battery Strategy

Community batteries are increasingly seen by many local governments as a strategic solution to

  • Reduce community emissions
  • Raise solar penetration, and
  • Create EV-ready neighbourhoods to electrify transport in the long-term.

Prepare ahead of time with a Community Battery Strategy and take a major step towards achieving your

  • Climate Action Plan
  • Climate Emergency Plan
  • Net zero target
  • EV charging rollout
  • Renewable energy & solar penetration targets

For over a decade, YEF has been working intimately with local governments across Victoria and interstate. YEF operates as a not-for-profit with core funding from the City of Yarra.

YEF understands the importance of aligning work with existing Council plans and strategies and the essential role that the community members, executive leadership, and councillors play in delivering major community energy projects.

Consulting & advice

Consulting services to help you overcome any challenge from procurement, to planning, to community engagement

Break down barriers with expert advice with our range of consulting services, including but not limited to:

  • Siting/location and battery placement
  • Solar mapping
  • Community engagement
  • Planning
  • Business model / revenue streams
  • Procurement / battery selection

Resources that may answer many of your questions!

YEF’s community engagement approach.

Project management

Find the right project manager to ensure your project is comprehensive and delivered on time

Community battery projects are complex and therefore require specialised project management services.

YEF takes full responsibility for the management of the project from inception to handover. All aspects of the project are covered, including liaising with the electricity distributor and the local council, setting up all commercial arrangements, sourcing all equipment and installations services, setting up the legal structure of system ownership (if required), engaging with local stakeholders, managing the planning process, establishing and delivering on a budget agreed with the client.

What we need to get started:

  1. The specific location and project timeframe
  2. The source of finance and desired business model
  3. The ownership and stakeholder engagement model

A Scope of Works will follow detailing all aspects of the project and its estimated cost.

Watch this example project journey

Our people

We have a small team of extremely passionate energy experts with decades of combined industry, governmental, business, and sustainability experience. But our expertise is more than just technical. It also encompasses the community energy sector, community engagement, and the social dimensions of energy. We know that energy is an opportunity for engagement, education and empowerment in addition to the technological transformation to 100% renewable energy and a zero-carbon future. Read more about our people including our independent board of directors.


Email your enquiry to information@yef.org.au