Community Projects

 

It’s your community, it’s your energy

Enova Community, the not-for-profit arm of Enova has been set up with the vision of creating communities who are in charge of their own power. We do this by enabling everyone to access renewable energy and providing information on how to use energy efficiently. Our projects include supporting the development of local community renewable energy generation and social benefit projects.

 

Do you have a project that needs support?

Enova is looking for eligible not-for-profit organisations in the Northern Rivers who need help with reducing their energy bills. We can assist with helping you access no-interest loans for solar and energy efficient upgrades. Contact us for more information.

 

Renewable Development Project

Enova’s Renewable Energy Development Initiative will help to kick start the development of new community renewable energy projects, both large and small, with priority for Northern Rivers-based projects. Enova will purchase power from community renewable generation projects to help make them more financially viable, and to create a pathway to transition our local customer base onto community generated clean energy supply.

 

How you can help

For communities to own and control their power as we shift to renewables, it is vital that they have a retailer who can partner with them. This is why the Enova Renewable Development Initiative is a critical element of our charter. Customers can contribute to the initiative by forgoing their pay on time discount. Business can also contribute.  The money raised will be audited and reported annually.

 

Partner with us

Enova is calling for expressions of interest from communities interested in partnering with us and sharing profits to fund their renewable energy or energy efficiency projects. Not only is Enova Australia’s first community owned electricity retailer but we’re also providing a creative way to initiate community renewable energy projects.

 

 

 

Social Benefit Projects

Our community benefit projects will find innovative ways to reduce the energy costs of low-income households and community organisations, while also boosting the supply of renewable energy use.

 

First Project – RED Inc

We’ve supported Red Inc., a centre for young people with disabilities using the assistance of philanthropic co-funding and crowd funding to buy Solar Panels.

This was Enova Community’s first social benefit project. RED Inc., established 30 years ago and a much loved disability services provider in the Northern Rivers.  One of our volunteers helped get this underway, and Enova donors have also contributed.

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Projects in development

North Coast Community Housing Company (NCCHC)

We are working with the NCCHC, a social housing provider in the Northern Rivers area, to install solar panels on 50 homes that the company owns and  manages. Half the funding is being provided by the NSW Government and half through a loan facilitated by Enova. Enova education will be provided by Enova Energy Coaches, and in addition to the solar panels will reduce energy bills for these households. Enova Energy will buy back solar generated energy at feed-in tariff rates from those tenants who become our customers, to add to the total of locally generated energy in our region.

We are currently in a feasability stage with LightnUp Lismore and Ballina Byron Family Daycare for social benefit projects. We are helping them access no-interest loans for solar and energy efficient upgrades. Read below for more details of each of these organisations.

 

LightnUp Lismore

LightnUp Inc is a not-for-profit community organisation situated in the heart of Lismore. It runs the Lismore Lantern Parade, an annual community arts festival attracting over 300,000 people on or around the longest night of the year, being the Winter Solstice.

Enova Social Project

Photo: LightnUp Board members and Sandi Middleton, Manager Enova Community with some solar lanterns from the parade.

After having their premises devastated by 3-metre flood waters in the wake of Cyclone Debbie, LightnUp Inc, had to rely heavily on the generosity and kindness of the local community as it cleaned up its workshop and rebuilt lanterns in time for this year’s parade.

To help them thrive in their new location, Enova Community is helping them to access an interest free loan through CORENA to install energy efficient lighting and solar panels on the roof of the new building, powering the building into the future.

 

Ballina Byron Family Daycare

Ballina Byron Family Daycare is a non-profit community based Family Day Care Scheme. It has provided our local communities with quality family day care childcare for over 27 Years and is interested in ways to reduce their energy bills as well as their impact on the earth.

This project involves assessing the feasibility for facilitating solar – a win/win for Ballina Byron Family Daycare as well as our wider community as we increase our ability to harness the power of the sun, and transition away from less environmentally friendly fuels.

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Get ahead of rising energy costs

Most Australian energy retailers have forecast price hikes from July 1. Enova Energy Coaches conduct FREE home assessments to find energy savings. Something as simple as turning appliances off at the wall can result in savings. Enova Energy helps another small region to create an energy-aware community.

Renewable Energy Development (RDI)

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