YEF | UPDATING | Stories, events and more | October 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

WORKSHOPPING | New Neighbourhood Battery Courses Available: 13 and 17 November 2023 - Register now

A series of subsidised Neighbourhood Battery training sessions are available as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring Victoria is best positioned to embrace our energy transition.

The Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action has engaged YEF to provide training in the fundamental elements of developing both feasibility and business cases on neighbourhood-scale batteries.

Places are limited. 

WELCOMING | New YEF board members

YEF is pleased to announce the appointment of two new non-executive directors, Cara Spencer and Gavin Lewis to the YEF board.

Meet Cara Spencer
Cara is a highly experienced corporate affairs practitioner with a background spanning community, government, industry and corporate organisations. Her passion for people and planet has driven her career, taking on executive roles with some of Australia’s leading charities and most innovative service providers.

"What do you bring to the YEF board?"
As a corporate affairs practitioner my skill set includes government and media relations, community engagement, issues management, marketing strategy, stakeholder communication, business development and fundraising. Throughout my career I've been responsible for leading high performance teams to deliver complex, sometimes contentious, and always compelling campaigns for a wide range of causes.  

"Why did you choose YEF?"
I've always been 'cause-driven' in my work; and every organisation I've been part of has had a focus on achieving better outcomes for marginalised communities or the planet. Most recently that cause has been sustainability, through innovation in emissions reductions for carbon heavy industries, and driving the increased use of recycled materials in infrastructure. When I heard of the opportunity at YEF, I hoped to share my skills and experience to support the innovative and impactful work you do.
Meet our new team member, Divya!
A mechanical engineer by qualification, Divya has over four years of experience in the hydrogen, community batteries, and solar energy sectors, spanning system design, installation, innovation, and business development roles in India, UAE, and now Australia. 

She joins in a full-time role as Energy & Storage Project Officer and will be working across the organisation supporting various projects. Welcome Divya!

SUPPORTING | Our Campaign

Here's your monthly reminder to check out our new campaign to promote community batteries and their role in the clean energy transition.

We're inviting everybody to be inspired, engage with us, and test your knowledge about community batteries through our interactive quiz!

You can find where the YEF tram is at any time by using the Yarra Trams tramTRACKER app. Tram #3033.

Alongside the launch of our tram we are running a fun and interactive quiz to test your knowledge and have your say on community batteries.

You can support our campaign by taking the quiz and sharing your results with your friends and family! The more people that participate, the more we can spread the word about the need for energy storage.

Each respondent is automatically entered into a prize draw with a chance to win a 6-month subscription to Lug+Carrie e-bike rental service! Huge thanks to Yarra Trams for sponsoring this campaign.
Slash your emissions from travel and try and e-bike! Find out about the most popular Lug+Carrie bikes for getting around town.

VIC | GOV | GRANTING | New Victorian grants supporting at-scale residential solar & electrification

Two new grants programs announced by Solar Victoria are paving the way for thousands of Victorians to live in all-electric homes and access renewable solar energy.
  • Bulk Residential Electrification Grants
  • Improving access to solar for apartment buildings
You can find out more above both of these new programs by clicking the link below!

OFFERING | Our Services

Find out more about Yarra Energy Foundation services, including:
  • Feasibility studies
  • Community Engagement
  • Community battery strategies for local councils
  • Consulting & advice
  • Project management 
  • Solar & electrification programs
We have a small team of extremely passionate energy experts with decades of combined industry, governmental, business, and sustainability experience.

YARRA | GOV | HEARING | Your say: City of Yarra's Climate Action Plan!

Tell Council your aspirations, priorities, and ideas for the new Climate Emergency Plan by completing the survey and contributing to the ideas board.

Have your say here before Monday 4 December.
Or come along and have your say in person at one of these pop-up events: 
  • Queens Parade, Clifton Hill (outside Baker’s Delight) | Saturday 4 November 2023 | 10am–12pm 
  • Gleadell St Market, Richmond | Saturday 25 November 2023 | 10am-12pm 


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