Case Study: Foundation House

Foundation House: an wholistic and enduring approach to advancing the wellbeing of refugees and our environment.

  • 92kW solar system installed
  • 242 panels installed on one building
  • Currently saving $13,000 per annum in energy bills
  • Foundation House saves the planet 45,010kg of CO2 emissions per annum.

Foundation House (also known as the Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture Inc) was established to improve and sustain the health, wellbeing and human rights of refugees who have experienced torture or other traumatic events in their home countries. Established in 1987, Foundation House’s principle objective is to reduce the impact of torture and trauma on individuals, families and communities while delivering hope for a better quality of life.

Foundation House has an extensive reach throughout Melbourne and their services extend to rural areas via their partners across much of country Victoria. Their head office is located in Brunswick.

Following the receipt of a rebate*, Foundation House installed a 62.92kw solar system and 242 panels at their head office. The installation of solar has enabled Foundation House to save over $13,000 per annum in energy bills, for day-to-day activities such as heating, cooling, lighting and cooking.

Foundation House now saves 45,010kg of Co2 emissions per annum. This is the equivalent of over four homes worth of energy use for one year.

*Rebate provided through the local council’s Lightsmart Campaign to assist with the upfront costs of solar.

“MEFL provided us with three quotes from a shortlist of tried and tested suppliers – and helped us makes sense of the quotes, once they came in.

Whilst we were really happy with both MEFL and the outcome, the biggest (and most pleasant) surprise came via comments from our staff. I’m the Finance Manager, so it’s a rare day when I receive positive responses from my emails to staff. Comments like, ‘this warms my heart’ and, ‘thank you for doing this for the planet’ made my day.”

  • Manny Bonnici, Finance Manager @ Foundation House

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