Enabling community tenants to access solar

AEF have been working in partnership with Moreland City Council to develop an innovative program to enable community tenants to benefit from solar.

This award winning program established a revolving fund which enables community groups who lease buildings from council to install solar with no upfront costs and save money from day one. It was developed to help community groups reduce their running costs so they have more money to spend on what really matters.

The program has proven popular with community groups as they start saving from day one. The fund has been carefully structured so that repayments are less than the savings on tenants’ electricity bills. Repayments are typically spread over 7-10 years and tenants are also given 6 months before repayments begin so they can see the savings they will receive after the fund is repaid. As a key part of the program AEF have supported the community groups in developing events and materials to drive sustainable actions by their members too.

Almost 100kW has been installed to date across seven sites: Glenroy Bowls Club, Brunswick Bowling Club, Moreland Community Child Care Centre, Glenroy Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Coburg Table Tennis Club, Anne Sgro Childcare Centre and Robinsons Reserve Neighbourhood House.

The project won the Clean Energy Award at the 2017 UNAA World Environment Day Climate Action Awards.

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