PLANNING, ENVIRONMENT & ENGAGEMENT FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY AND CLEAN TECHNOLOGY PROJECTS
ABOUT ENERGY FORMS
Energy Forms provide specialist planning, environmental and engagement support for renewable energy, clean technology and sustainable projects across Australia. Energy Forms provide our services across the full life cycle of a project including origination, approvals, construction and commissioning.
Energy Forms was founded in 2017 by Shane Melotte and Fi Cotter who each bring more than a decade of experience working in this sector. Shane and Fi are committed to using their extensive experience and expertise to support the deployment of more renewables and sustainable development solutions sooner.
We have strategic partnerships with a range of specialist consultants across Australia enabling us to tailor a team for your project's specific needs and regulatory obligations of the respective project location. This structure enables Energy Forms to be highly responsive and efficient for our clients.
Our approach is to work with our clients in a highly collaborative manner forging long term partnerships that span multiple projects and jurisdictions.
Where the Passion Begins
Fi Cotter - Director
Fi Cotter has over 20 years’ experience working as a planning practitioner and advisor to both the public and private sectors in statutory and strategic planning. She now offers planning, environmental and community engagement expertise to clean and new technology projects from their inception to completion. Fi specialises in delivering large-scale renewable energy projects, including solar and wind farms, as well as new technologies around Australia. She has extensive experience in working with remote and regional communities, and being from country Victoria, understands farming and agriculture, and the issues that affect these areas.
Fi and Shane met over ten years ago when she was running her own planning advisory firm which focused on projects in rural and regional communities. Together, they have worked on over 20 solar farms and 10 wind farms across the country. Her work has exposed her to a range of large-scale renewable energy projects across Australia. She has obtained approvals for a number of renewable energy test projects including Bulgana Wind Farm, Nectar Farms Stawell facility, Bridgewater and Newbridge solar test facilities and was involved in the Amypyx power test facility outside of Winchelsea, Victoria.
Shane Melotte - Director
Shane Melotte led the approval for the first large-scale solar farm in Australia over a decade ago. He has been committed to the sector since. Shane has originated ~700MW of large-scale renewable energy projects across Australia (2MW - 300MW in scale) and supported ~2GW of projects throughout their lifecycle including, siting, land negotiations, approvals and environmental management plans and compliance during construction.
Shane has successfully supported and led bids under the Federal Large Scale Solar Program and Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) Auction. Shane also has worked extensively in the broader energy and sustainability sector including carbon and water management and sustainability metrics on large scale infrastructure projects (ISCA). Shane's mission is to enable the deployment of more renewables sooner.
Tim Doolan - Senior Planner
Tim Doolan is a senior land use and urban planner with experience in both the private and public sector in statutory and strategic planning.
Before joining Energy Forms, Tim oversaw state planning approvals for some of the largest and most significant renewable energy projects in Victoria. Projects included the Golden Plains Wind Farm, a 231 turbine proposal with a combined planning permit, EES and EPBC process, and the Lemnos, Tallygaroopna, Congupna and Tatura East Solar Farms through a Ministerial call-in and planning panel which was the catalyst for the Victorian Solar Farm Guidelines.
Tim brings a strong regulatory mind to the table, working collaboratively with his network of peers to guide an effective approvals process.
Remi Rauline - Project Officer
Remi is an experienced and driven Senior Development Manager within the property and construction industry with a track record of delivering successful projects throughout the Residential, Retail, Commercial and Education sectors.
Utilising his knowledge throughout all phases of a project life cycle from acquisitions and planning through to managing the detailed design development, as well as tendering and delivery of built form, Remi confidently guides all development stages with a focus on clear communication to all relevant stakeholders.
Remi has delivered the most advanced eco village in Australia (The Paddock Eco Village) and managed the design and construction one of the first 10 certified eco building in France.
In more recent times, Remi has provided sustainability advice and referral to Metropolitan Councils (Maroondah, City of Port Phillip) overseeing the Sustainable Design Strategy for the City of Port Phillip, the development of ESD Minimum Performance Standards and supporting the effort of transitioning from Combustion Engine to Electric Vehicles in the Community.
Remi brings building physics and management skills to the table, working collaboratively with his network of peers to guide an effective approvals process.