Sustainability Victoria funding for the Metro Community Power Hub was announced by the Victorian Government in July 2021 for a 12-month period.
This followed the success of three pilot Community Power Hubs in regional Victoria, which were launched in 2017 and hosted by local not-for-profit organisations.
With a focus on solar PV, households transitioning away from gas, and energy bill literacy, the MCPH provides advice and practical help on clean energy solutions we can all embrace.
We’re also working with stakeholders to develop flagship projects that represent our shared dedication to rapid removal of carbon from the energy system.
Leading the Hub is the not-for-profit Yarra Energy Foundation (YEF), which brings extensive professional expertise, a strong track record in helping households embrace renewable energy, and its reputation for providing trusted and independent advice.
YEF was set up in 2010 by Yarra City Council to provide independent advice and services to residents and businesses on clean energy choices.
To date YEF has:
- Installed more than 18,000 rooftop solar panels across the City of Yarra, saving residents over $213,000 per year on their energy bills;
- Arranged the install of around 3MW of solar across Victoria;
- Advised more than 13,000 residents and businesses on better energy choices;
- Assisted more than 1,000 low-income and culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD) residents to retrofit their homes for greater energy efficiency;
- Supported more than 50 businesses and schools in switching to LED lights and rooftop solar;
- Presented at more than 100 information sessions, workshops, forums and events on achieving a transition to clean energy.