Renewable Technologies

Enova is not just keeping up with renewable tech trends – we’re leading the pack in terms of innovation.

Our expert team is making full use of the latest renewable technology innovations from around the world including rooftop solar PV, battery storage, and virtual power plants.

Rooftop Solar Power

Solar power converts sunlight into electricity via photovoltaic (PV) cells in solar panels.

Australia’s abundant sunshine, combined with solar technology’s continual rise in efficiencies, has made rooftop solar power the #1 small-scale renewable choice for Australian homes and businesses.

Rooftop solar is Enova’s main source of localised renewable energy.

If you don’t or can’t have solar you can still ‘go solar’ and support solar by:

  • Adding Community Renewable 100 to your Enova plan
  • Buying a solar panel in a solar garden.

Enova Community’s Solar Gardens initiative allows you to buy your own solar panel or panels and obtain credits on your electricity account.

It’s all part of helping everyone join the movement for a cleaner, greener planet – regardless of whether you’ve got solar, are a homeowner or renter.

*We recommend you choose an accredited Clean Energy Council solar PV installer. Please visit their website for more details www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au

Wind Power

Wind power harnesses the natural force of the wind using large spinning blades on top of a tower. The blades drive a generator, which sends electricity to the grid. 

Wind is one of Australia’s largest producers of large-scale renewable electricity. In 2017, wind generators produced nearly 34% of Australia’s renewable energy. (Source: Clean Energy Council www.cleanenergycouncil.org.au).

Enova has partnered with GreenPower, which sources renewable electricity from accredited, large-scale wind, hydro, bioenergy and solar generators.

By buying GreenPower, businesses and households have reduced the emissions caused by electricity generation in Australia by 18 million tonnes – the equivalent of taking 5 million cars off the road each year. (from Enova website)

We expect wind power to continue playing a major role in greening our power supply.

Choosing the GreenPower option from Enova supports further investment in Australia’s large-scale renewables, including wind.

Battery Storage

Battery technology is undergoing rapid changes, and there are exciting new developments. For the average home there are three options:

  1. Remain connected to the grid but store excess solar generated electricity in a battery which can then be used during the evening when energy prices are at their peak. The grid is then used as a backup when there is insufficient power left in the batteries.
  2. Go completely off-grid. Off grid systems cost anywhere from $25,000 to $50,000. It would also be sensible to have a back-up generator. Savings in energy costs may be around $2000 a year so this option is unlikely to break even cost-wise in under 10 years.
  3. Join a microgrid (see below). 

As the price of batteries drop over the next few years, what may be uneconomical today could be economical in three or four years’ time.

Microgrids

Microgrids are a collective of businesses or households who generate, share, and store renewable energy amongst themselves, with the aim of being self-sufficient in energy. 

They can be used to power a cluster of buildings including suburbs, streets, apartment blocks, farms and industrial estates.

More Australians are catching on to the many benefits of microgrids including:

  • Lower power bills
  • Energy self-sufficiency
  • Reducing carbon emissions
  • Building cohesive communities.

Most microgrids in Australia use solar power. 

Businesses and households in the collective who have rooftop solar, generate electricity for their own use. Excess solar power is then distributed to buildings without solar. 

Any excess power beyond that is stored in a large battery. Excess power can also be sold to the main grid.

Enova is leading a microgrid pilot project in the Byron Bay Arts and Industry Estate which is showing great promise. It will go on to demonstrate the value of local energy sharing for the whole estate (some 250 businesses). 

Smart Meters

Smart meters measure electricity consumption in real time, and can be remotely read and operated. Smart meters enable access to data about your energy consumption so you can make better decisions about when and how much you use electrical appliances, to conserve electricity.

Other benefits include:

  • Use the solar you generate in your home first, and then export excess to the grid.  This way, you can reduce your electricity bills.
  • Time-of-Use tariff capability.
  • Be ready for future products and services that leverage smart meter technology (i.e. access to your usage data as well as export information via a secure web portal).

If you want to know more, check out our resource on meters.

If you want to install a smart meter, contact us

Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)

VPPs involve the installation of solar PV and batteries on a targeted number of households. The householder outlays no money, is not involved in maintenance and receives all energy at a fixed price for the next 15 years.

Supply charges will be increased by CPI after the first five years.

Enova will have the ability to use the stored energy to offset demand at peak times so that Enova has virtual generating capacity.

Modelling shows investors in the VPP will receive a return of 5% plus. If social housing providers and government want to get involved they could lower prices to householders still further in return for accepting a lower return on investment.