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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.

86 responses

    1. Hi Raphael, thanks for your interest! Please ensure that you register your details here https://enovaenergy.com.au/shared-community-battery/ , so that we can keep in touch with you as the project develops. The location of the battery itself is still being determined. There's no restriction on location for anyone who would like to participate in the energy sharing aspect of the project (within NSW).

  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

    1. Hi Gary, thank you for your kind offer, we have passed your message and contact details on to the relevant team members.

  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

    1. Hi Greg, thanks for your comment. We're aiming to build resilience and self sufficiency in local areas through asset building and local renewable energy generation, storage and sharing. this is our first shared community battery project and its a pilot to inform how we do this moving forward. Enova is involved in a lot more dialogues and initiatives around renewable energy sourcing, and creation of community energy. We will ensure the link you shared is passed amongst the team. Thanks.

  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.

    1. Hi Mike, thanks for your interest and your comment. Yes we absolutely agree and we're working hard to generate enough scale so that we can support more communities to build their self sufficiency. Thanks for registering your interest, we'll keep in touch with more details about the project as it develops.

  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

    1. Hi Theo, thanks for your interest! As this is our first shared community battery and a pilot project, we're working hard with our partners to develop all of the details and fine print. Please ensure that you register your details here: https://enovaenergy.com.au/shared-community-battery/ , so that we can keep in touch with you as the project develops.

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

    1. Hi Carol, thanks for getting in touch. We understand that the team has already connected with you. thanks very much!

  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

    1. Hi Ari, thanks for your support and great news to hear about your progress with the Tyalgum Energy Project. This is our first shared community battery and is a pilot project to inform the model for what we hope will be many many more! Please feel free to register your details here https://enovaenergy.com.au/shared-community-battery/ so that we can keep in touch with you as the project develops.

  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.

    1. Hi Peter, thanks for your interest, great to hear of your solar story. We will be launching in Victoria in the coming year or two - watch this space! We'll look forward to having you on board.

  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

    1. Hi Tasmine, thanks for your message. Very sorry to hear of your experience during the bush fires and it's wonderful to hear of your plans for the future. Please feel free to register your details here https://enovaenergy.com.au/shared-community-battery/, so that we can keep in touch with you as the project develops. Additionally, we will pass your details on to our Enova Community team as we may be able to assist your community in other ways.

  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.

    1. Hi Linda, thank you for your message. Very sorry to hear of this experience and thanks so much for your ongoing sentiment and support despite the problems you’ve faced. It's clearly been challenging and difficult circumstances.
      Our Customer Experience manager is in touch with you, to see if there is anything new we can achieve in helping you. All the best and we hope we can solve this for you once and for all.

  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.

  25. Hi Enova,
    Thanks for the work that you're doing and your progressive forward thinking. Your vision is such a vibrant, strong one I'm certain you will be overwhelmed with collective support - and it's right that such leadership has been recognised higher up the food chain. Well done!
    At this point, I am an existing customer and have rooftop panels but no battery....... I would love to be part of the project if it ends up being in my region on the north coast.

  26. THIS IS INSPIRING AND THE WAY OF THE FUTURE! BRILLIANT. I AM DEFINITELY INTERESTED. THANK YOU ENOVA

  27. Steve Hoy,

    We hold EV and Renewable Energy Event in Lismore at Oct\Nov 2020. We will send update May 2020

    Regard
    Ian Cleland
    SUCH Developments

    1. Hi Steve,
      Thank you for your message, we'll make a note of this event in our events calendar, and look forward to hearing from you with more details when the time comes. We'd be very happy to be involved. Please email your update to: info@enovaenergy.com.au and it will be passed to the right person within our team, Many thanks.

  28. hi Enova -- wonderful news. Something so many of us are wanting to happen. Here in Port Stephens we are planning a Sustainable Futures Festival for next year to bring more knowledge locally about Community Power and other aspects of sustainable living. Please consider our location -- 20% uptake of solar on dwellings (approaching 3000 dwellings), accessible substation adjacent to vacant land well placed to house a battery and solar garden. At the end of line our significant population is vulnerable to blackouts. We'd love to talk more!

    1. Hi Sue, thank you for your message and letting us know about your community's work in exploring sustainability. Anyone in NSW can join Enova as a customer, so that's one way to support sustainability in your area - encourage everyone to switch. Also to keep in touch regarding this community battery project and future projects, please register your details here: https://enovaenergy.com.au/shared-community-battery/ Thank you! This first shared community battery project for Enova is a pilot to trial the model and we aim for this to be the first of many so please do keep in touch.

    1. Hello, thank you for your interest! Please register your interest in the project here: https://enovaenergy.com.au/shared-community-battery/

      And if your organisation is interested in supporting Enova's projects and community resilience work, please consider switching to Enova as your energy retailer. We're a social enterprise reinvesting profits back into community projects. Feel free to call us on (02) 5622 1700 or visit http://www.enovaenergy.com.au

  29. Hi Enova,

    This is one of the ways a smart country with boundless amounts of un-utilized energy sources should be heading to reduce our impact on the globe no matter how small an impact we might make. Clearly a case of business driving policy and application given the lack of direction from government.

    I'll register.

    Peter

    1. Hi Peter, thanks for your comment and we look forward to having you on board when the shared community battery project goes live!

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