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Weekend Sunrise profiles Enova Community Energy’s big vision for community-owned renewable energy

10/09/2019
Cassandra Sheppard

The old, twentieth-century energy model is broken. It’s too expensive and it’s time to change. It involves one-way flows of dirty energy into the community, while money flows out on energy bills. But times are changing as communities around the country are realising they can take their power back.

A new model is now a reality, using decentralised, distributed electricity generation and storage, assisted by digital technology. At a local level, whether you’re living in a regional town or a capital city suburb, it’s a system that progressively creates more energy security, cleaner energy and is less and less expensive. And it’s a model that we’re making available for all Australians.

Weekend Sunrise recently spent some time with us and some of our customers in the Northern Rivers region of NSW to find out more about how we have been transforming the energy landscape in the region.

We’d invite you to watch the segment, and discover from customers, one of our volunteer energy coaches, our Chair and our CEO, what community-powered energy models are all about. We’d love to hear from you: what do you think about Enova's vision for energy in Australia – and the difference that our community-owned model has already made? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

An electricity company that’s community-owned and a social enterprise

Enova is Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer, formed as a social enterprise to build sustainable and resilient communities, where local renewable energy is accessible by all to create a cleaner energy future.

Now that we have proven our model works in northern NSW, Enova Community Energy is bringing its vision to cities and suburbs too.

With Enova’s entry into Newcastle, Sydney and Wollongong, we’ll be supporting suburban communities to take their power back too.

If you’re in these areas and you’d like to support or switch to community energy, you can register your interest here and be among the first to have access. We’ll be in contact in early October.

 

How does the new model work? The positive difference!

The new vision is that communities around the country are not only powered by rooftop solar (more than 50 per cent of Enova’s electricity comes from our customers’ rooftop solar) but also by their own large-scale and small-scale community-owned renewable energy generation and storage.

This is the new energy system and Enova Community Energy is the first community-owned energy retailer in Australia established to partner with regional, suburban and metropolitan communities to transform energy. We help communities find ways to generate, store and share their own power.

To keep in touch with us and learn more about community-owned renewable energy, please sign-up in the footer below to receive our regular newsletter.

 

Will you join us now?

We have the power to make change happen. Will you join a new power generation now? All you have to do to support a positive change in the way energy is delivered in Australia is switch your energy to Enova Community Energy or if you’re in Newcastle, Sydney or Wollongong, register your interest to come on board in early October and benefit from an early bird offer and the chance to win some exciting prizes!

 

9 responses

  1. Can't wait for Enova to move into the Newcastle area. I don't actually live in Newcastle but I'm close by, in Raymond Terrace - hope Enova extends to my area as well.

    1. Hi Anne, thanks for your comment. Yes absolutely you'll be able to join Enova! We already supply electricity to homes and businesses throughout regional NSW and our expansion to Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong in early October will mean we cover the whole state. Looking forward to having you on board.

  2. Hi, love this concept and your initiative! I live on the Central Coast - will I be able be part of this positive movement of cleaner energy AND looking after our environment?

    1. Hi Lisa, Yes absolutely! Enova is now available on the Central Coast. Looking forward to having you on board!

  3. I am in coffs harbour, when will you arrive here to provide an alternative to our current providers. No pun intended

    1. Hi Paul, Enova is already available in Coffs Harbour. You're welcome to check out our online sign-up form here: https://secure.enovaenergy.com.au/ or call our awesome NSW-based team on (02) 5622 1700. It's easy to switch and they'll handle everything for you in 5 - 10 minutes.

  4. we live in phegans bay at the central coast ..would love to look at this in October when you expand ..

    1. Hi Brigid, wonderful! Give us a call if you haven;t already, on (02) 5622 1700. Enova is available in your area now. Hope to hear from you soon!

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