Renewable Energy

Business Models for Solar Deployment

The City of Port Phillip sought AEF’s advice on the best way to finance its planned installation of 1.25 megawatts of solar PV systems across 75 buildings. AEF drew on its experience in facilitating Council corporate energy efficiency and renewable energy investment. We worked collaboratively with Council, providing preliminary options, then workshopping the results with senior Council staff, moving on to a draft report which was further refined before a final report was provided. The report explored a range of business models that could be used in deploying solar energy systems across Council assets. The report looked at the benefits and disadvantages of the different approaches that are currently available and advised Council on relevant factors that may impact the viability of solar installations.  

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Solar and retrofit cost study

This project examined a range of different retrofit options for the DHHS’s extensive range of public housing. The housing was divided into categories and recommendations were made on the most cost-effective options for each housing type. For example, some housing types gain the most value from draught-sealing, others from solar power systems, others from insulation. The project also made recommendations on how different retrofit measures complement each other, e.g. airconditioning gives the best results in terms of cost-effectiveness and resident comfort if it is paired with draught-sealing. The project considered the various options from a cost-effectiveness and resident comfort point of view. The information AEF provided is now used by DHHS to inform decision-making on housing retrofits.

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Campaspe Solar Feasibility

Campaspe Shire Council engaged AEF to undertake a study to investigate and make recommendations on solar generation opportunities across key buildings at seven sites. AEF’s report to Council provided a step-by-step breakdown and assessment for each site. The report identified financial benefits, typical payback periods, technical limitations and implications for the local power grid. AEF also made recommendations on procurement, optimal sizing and usage of PV systems.  

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Harrietville Renewable Energy Opportunity Report

AEF was contracted by Alpine Shire Council to review a range of renewable energy options available to the town of Harrietville. We delivered an options report that examined the current energy supply situation and indicated key areas of risk and opportunity. In particular the report examined the energy requirements of the town during critical incidents such as bushfires and considered the best means to ensure continuous supply. The report found that energy for business is a key issue (up to half of the town’s electricity use is within 7 local tourism businesses). AEF undertook this project in partnership with Enhar.

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Community Energy Guide

The Guide to Community-owned Renewable Energy for Victorians is a resource for community groups that are considering a renewable energy project and those that are already in the process of establishing a project. The guide was commissioned by the Victorian Government and was co-authored by AEF and three other members of the Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE); Embark, the Alternative Technology Association and the Community Power Agency. The project was informed by a regional workshop held at Beechworth and attended by many of the stakeholders in the community energy field, including Renewable Albury Wodonga Energy. The guide was released in late 2015 and culminated in ten workshops around the state with over 350 attendees.The guide consolidated existing knowledge and resources and provided links to further information and advice. It provided practical pointers on critical commercial, technical, governance and regulatory aspects of renewable energy projects, including a wealth of useful information

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