The future’s green for Melbourne’s oldest independent brewery

3 Ravens independent brewery and bar in Thornbury is looking towards a greener future with the installation of a new solar system – the first project of its kind in Darebin, with funding enabled by Darebin City Council. 

The solar system and Cool Roof* will reduce 3 Ravens’ CO2 emissions by 106 tonnes, the equivalent of emissions produced by 23 cars or 12 local houses every year. 

The new 73.6kW solar system and Cool Roof is not just good for the environment – the new installations designed by Regenerate Engineering are projected to save them $21,000 per year on energy costs. 

This is the very first uptake of government-enabled Environmental Upgrade Finance in the Darebin region, with funding provided through Sustainable Australia Fund in conjunction with Darebin City Council. 

Sustainable Australia Fund CEO Scott Bocskay said the finance allows a commercial or agricultural property owner to receive funds to undertake upgrade works that improve their building’s environmental performance.  

These fixed-rate, long-term loans of up to 20 years cover up to 100 per cent of the capital needed for energy efficient upgrades and are repaid through the property owner’s Darebin City Council rates,” said Mr Bocskay. 

“Because of these unique terms, businesses like 3 Ravens don’t need any upfront capital and have more money in their bank account from month to month thanks to the utility cost savings, which is great for business. Environmental upgrade finance will hopefully allow many more businesses in the local area to save on energy costs while also cutting their carbon emissions. 

3 Ravens was established in 2003 and the warehouse style building houses a micro-brewery, brewery bar and a co-working space, CoBrewGeneral Manager, Nathan Liascos, said the new solar system would better align with the vision and goals of the business by increasing renewable energy generation and reducing their carbon footprint. 

With our manufacturing processes being heavily reliant on electricity inputs, sharp increases in electricity costs in recent years have made it very difficult to effectively manage our costs of production. In a competitive industry such as brewing, we have had to absorb energy increases to remain competitive, which isn’t sustainable for our business. 

Besides the operational cost benefits, this project will apply a very strong green stamp on our operation, a valuable asset in the coming years in one of the most brand-identity driven sectors, where environmental performance can strongly endear and engage the public in their choices. It also underpins another very exciting and revolutionary environmental project that we are looking to implement in the near future. 

About Sustainable Australia Fund

Sustainable Australia Fund is Australia’s leading provider of Environmental Upgrade Finance. Originally established by the City of Melbourne in 2002, in 2019 the Fund was significantly recapitalised and scaled, through a partnership with Bank Australia, to drive environmental upgrades across Australia.  

About Environment Upgrade Finance 

Environmental upgrade finance, also known as building upgrade finance, is a government-enabled funding mechanism for upgrading existing building stock to be more environmentally friendly. Business owners can take out a long-term, fixed-rate loan for the total cost of the works, which is then repaid through their local council’s rates system. Examples of projects that could qualify for this type of finance include lighting, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning upgrades, solar installations, and water and waste minimisation. To be eligible for the finance, building owners must pay Council rates, ensure the planned works are improvements to non-residential buildings, and deliver environmental benefits, such as energy, water and waste savings. 

A cool roof  is one that has been designed to reflect more sunlight and absorb less heat than a standard roof. This reduces the amount of heat transferred into the building below, keeping it at a more constant temperature, reducing reliance on cooling.  

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For more information, interviews or pictures, please contact: 

Lisette Muratore 

Mob: 0423 770 628  



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