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Enova’s first Shared Community Battery receives a major funding boost to bring our vision to reality

27/03/2020
Cassandra Sheppard

Enova’s mission to enable local communities to generate, store and share their own renewable energy has been significantly boosted by an almost $1 million grant from the NSW Government Regional Community Energy Fund.

The grant will help Enova commission and install a 2MWh battery in a regional NSW location, to be operated as Enova’s shared community battery, in a project partnership with Enosi Australia and the University of Newcastle.

The battery will be used to store energy; and, that stored energy will be able to be accessed and used by participants of the project at various times of the day.

This project will allow the participants’ own generated and stored energy from their solar panels to circulate amongst other participating households, with the battery also providing another source of localised energy in the mix.

 

Project Participants and Partners

The project is a trial that will involve a maximum of 500 solar and non-solar households who are existing and new Enova customers.

Enova Community Energy Chair, Alison Crook, said the NSW government funding elevates Enova’s standing as a viable and pioneering retailer. “We’re effectively using our social enterprise structure to deliver real benefits to locals in communities.

“Community batteries are one of the last pieces in the puzzle to bring efficient control of energy generation, storage, and supply right back to where they belong: in the hands of people in their own communities.”

Enova CEO Felicity Stening welcomed this opportunity for Enova, “We’re thrilled to have succeeded in this NSW Government Regional Community Energy Fund grant. It will enable Enova to make its debut into grid-scale energy storage and bring peer-to-peer energy trading to our customers. Enova is absolutely stepping into its role as a leader in helping communities build energy self-sufficiency.”

Enova will buy and manage the battery, Enosi will provide the platform that will allow solar and non-solar customers to share and purchase energy with the battery and the University of Newcastle will be collecting and analysing data from the project.

 

Benefit for communities

This initiative will inform a model that can be adapted by more communities – so that the vision for locally generated, stored and shared energy can truly be brought to life.

The project aims to:

  • Lower the cost of your energy bill;
  • Allow solar energy to be available to households at night and when the sun’s not shining;
  • Strengthen the energy network by being available on really high demand days;
  • Reduce carbon emissions; and
  • Allow people who don’t have solar panels to access rooftop solar.

It’s about supporting the energy grid as well as supporting communities to get the most benefit from rooftop solar.

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Interested? Register your interest!

We’d love for anyone interested in being part of this project to fill out our simple form on the project webpage and we’ll be in touch with more details soon.

You can be an existing customer or willing to become an Enova customer in order to participate.

We know that some of our customers who have been with us since the beginning may be very keen to actively follow and learn about the community energy trading platform that we’ll be implementing with partner Enosi.

What is certain for everyone is that your involvement in this pioneering project will directly contribute to the transition of Australia's energy systems.

 

Making energy transition a reality

Electricity will no longer be travelling long distances from polluting coal-fired generation down long wires and poles to reach your house anymore. Instead, energy is now starting to be generated locally and much more efficiently from renewable sources and now being stored and shared locally.

The implications for local communities and economies of this localised and clean method are tremendous. Instead of energy money leaving communities and going to pay bills to large, often foreign-owned corporations, the money stays circulating locally where it can flow into more of our local businesses.

“The times we are living in are uncertain indeed. As we re-familiarise ourselves in communities with the power of growing food locally and of supporting local businesses, projects like these are bringing more opportunities to local communities to build local economic strength and resilience – while at the same time reducing climate change impact,” said Felicity.

“We’re all in this together. We're excited that this shared community battery model brings energy into the hands of communities. We’d love for you to get involved.”

We’re going to start taking your expressions of interest now, but the project won’t be kicking off until later in 2020. By registering your interest, we’ll keep you updated as the project develops.

This will be the first of many community energy projects for Enova as we begin to realise our vision and implement on-the-ground solutions towards building community energy resilience. We’re looking forward to keeping you updated as the project develops.

In the meantime, with 60 per cent of our customers having rooftop solar, we already know our customer base contributes a significant amount of renewable energy towards Australia’s transition. Thank you all.

 

More information

Enosi’s CEO, Steve Hoy also welcomed the support from the Regional Community Energy Fund and its partnership with Enova, “Enosi recognises the importance of direct support for renewable energy projects in regional areas.  This project allows Enova’s regional consumers to share in the use of battery storage and save money.”

Enova, along with project partners Enosi and the University of Newcastle, have successfully secured over $998,000 from the NSW Government to part-fund this Enova first.

Enova is embarking on an asset-building strategy as part of its purpose to support local communities to generate, store, and share renewable energy.  A shared community battery offers an alternative to individual households purchasing their own battery storage system.

 

Enova is Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer, formed as a social enterprise to reduce carbon emissions and facilitate the transition to a renewable energy future, by building sustainable and resilient communities, where renewable energy is accessible by all.

 

Enosi Australia (www.enosi.energy) is developing software to enable trading of renewable energy resources for consumers across Australia.

 

Leave a comment below. We'd love to hear what you think.

35 responses

  1. Good afternoon Enova,

    I trust that you are well.

    I am an Enova customer, based at Carool, in the Tweed (and with a main office in Sydney).

    I would be prepared to offer town planning assistance, free of charge, if there is a need to obtain development consent for any such facility.

    Kind regards,
    Gary Peacock
    Managing Director

  2. Great news! Congratulations all round!
    I am a consumer (and shareholder) in rented property and I assume your invitation is for solar panel owners to supply electricity, and this won't otherwise affect me. But I may see a benefit in my bills, though they are already wonderfully low. Param

  3. Finally - I have more panels than I can use - export every thing that I am allowed to.
    Please bring this on would love to give some of that extra back to the locals.
    Have never had to pay a power bill with you and would love to give my credits back to fellow friends and customers of Enova.

  4. Making local communities self sufficient is THE way to go. It will save vast sums of money in building new transmission lines away from the traditional coal fired power stations.

    I have registered my interest, but with a degree of caution. As someone who has not paid $1 for the last 7 months, I can hardly complain about my present situation.

  5. Hi I'm very interested and live on the North Coast. I am trying to reduce my footprint as much as possible, and slowly getting there. I already have solar panels.

  6. Hi!
    Love to hear good news - and I certainly would like the idea of sharing electricity that my solar panels have nore than my household has use for. Love to hear or see the "fine print" !
    and . . . thanks for your email.
    Theo

  7. Wonderful news. Congratulations on your important work and on getting the funding for the community battery project.

  8. Great News congratulations. Well done Again Enova
    What a great boon you are to the community and the environment.
    The Tyalgum Energy Project and community have done some ground work on renewable energy self sufficietcy. Maybe Tyalgum could be a candidate. All the best Ari

  9. Congratulations,very exciting,but alas I am from Vic where you don't yet have a presence,but as a 10year Solar Panel user,I am so aware of the benefits,especially as this will negate the need for each household to have their own battery,or even their own panels....So please let,s know if you eventually do similar things down here as I am ready to go.

  10. H,
    I’m Very interested in this Concept and the project. I’m located on the NSW South Coast.
    Is this an area that you have a presence in?
    Mark

  11. Hi Enova .
    Love the idea of Mega Battery storage .
    Not much sun on my side of the valley .
    Being part of a locally owned power storage facility is right up my alley ..
    Please keep me updated ..

  12. It sounds like what we've all been waiting for! I'm an Enova customer and very interested although I'm down Canberra way.

  13. Love the sound of all of this! I have land at Kiah near nsw border and will rebuild this year after bushfires took my house there and everything! It’s all off grid and has been too far for power to reach. This is a break through! Looking forward to our community in Kiah being a part of this new system. Thankyou , Tamsine

  14. Congratulations! I would be very interested in being involved. I am apartment dweller on the North Shore of Sydney.

  15. Wow way to go I am interested I live on the Coffs Coast & would love to see this long-awaited progressive technology in every neighbourhood 😀👍

  16. A ray of community energy light in these dark and crazy times!! Congrats Enova team, we’re in.

  17. I love ENOVA - always have. I attended your workshops, your events and support wherever I can. However, I am currently living an ENOVA dilemma and am at a loss as to how to solve it when ENOVA is not responding. I will not go into details here, but this experience is not current with the wonderful work you are doing. I hope you still are working to preserve Customer Care when it is needed. And YES, I am keen to help in any way I can in your growth and expansion. Maybe to help with the restructuring of your Customer Care division?

    Can someone contact me please, but before doing so, take time to read the 5 emails and listen to the recordings of the 4 phone calls that have gone absolutely nowhere since early February when ENOVA erroneously transferred my meter to ORIGIN for the new tenant residing at the same address as my commercial meter. This is going to turn into a calamity if it is not fixed.

  18. Hi Enova
    Great news! I am a current Enova client on Coffs Coast with solar panels but no household battery. Not sure of the technical aspects of how this will work from this end but as long as easy technologically to work with I am very interested. So pleased your Company is being recognised this way. Congratulations!
    Thanks
    Cynthia

  19. Yes I am interested. A passive solar house and solar panels with battery keep the account in credit during summer. However winter heating is all electric and essential on the Northern Tablelands.

  20. Congratulations! Fantastic work you are all doing. Very interested in being further involved in this project.
    Stay well and continue the kindness wherever possible in these strange times.

  21. Yes, interested, and congrats on your great innovative work! Thanks from a shareholder and customer with solar panels

  22. I would be interested in participating. Joinrd Enova last year and have installed a full solar array.

  23. We're with Origin on the South Coast of NSW in Batemans Bay area. 2536. We have solar panels and a battery which has just enough t

  24. We also are keen to participate, existing Enova customer with 5Kw of solar production installed.

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