The organisations have signed a new 12 month funding agreement that will cover the 2021-22 financial year, bringing Council’s support for the Foundation to 11 years.
Yarra City Council Mayor Cr Gabrielle de Vietri said Council was pleased to continue its support for the Yarra Energy Foundation and their work in helping to tackle the climate emergency.
“As a Council, we acknowledge the importance of community and organisational partnerships and most importantly we acknowledge the role everyone has in responding to the Climate Change emergency,” Mayor de Vietri said.
“Together Council and Yarra Energy Foundation are working to achieve zero-net emissions across the entire Yarra community by 2030.”
This financial year Council will provide Yarra Energy Foundation with $370,000 to ensure it can continue its important work in the Yarra community.
This includes promoting emission reduction technologies including solar, batteries and virtual power plants, as well as increasing the uptake of renewable energy by Yarra’s small to medium sized enterprises.
Yarra Energy Foundation CEO Dean Kline welcomed the funding.
“We are delighted to receive funding from Yarra City Council,” Mr Kline said.
“This financial support will enable the Yarra Energy Foundation to continue to deliver energy efficiency and renewable energy programs to support households, schools, community groups and businesses on their journey to zero-carbon and assist the City of Yarra deliver its Climate Emergency Plan.”
“Over the next twelve months we will be focused on setting up the first inner-metropolitan Community Power Hub and delivering the first community battery trial in the City of Yarra,” Mr Kline said.