Enova's vision is to be Australia's leading social enterprise enabling self-sustaining communities.
Enova is Australia’s first community-owned energy retailer. We established as a social enterprise to:
- build self-sustaining and resilient communities through locally generated and shared renewable energy;
- assist communities to make the transition to renewable energy without leaving anyone behind;
- keep jobs and profits in local communities; and,
- reduce carbon emissions.
Enova does not and will not invest in coal, oil or gas and is focused on a 100% renewable energy future.
Enova sources all its energy from its own customers' rooftops and Diamond Energy, a renewable energy generator.
As a social enterprise energy provider, Enova reinvests 50% of profits back into Australian communities, through our not-for-profit (Enova Community), for community-owned renewable energy projects, energy efficiency, and energy education services.
Enova Community Energy is community-owned by 1,600 individual Australian shareholders.
Energy Done Differently.
We are a model for how energy can be done differently: actively doing something practical about climate change, and helping local communities in the process.
We are proudly Australia’s first community-owned power company – a company that is about communities, customers and the welfare of our planet, not corporate profits.
Launched in 2016 in Byron Bay in New South Wales, today Enova is a thriving, fast-growing company that sells electricity to households and businesses all over New South Wales and South-East Queensland.
New Business Model.
We have flipped traditional energy retail on its head and created a new business model dedicated to helping communities become energy independent using their own renewable energy supplies.
Enova believes Australia’s current energy system is outdated. It’s a 20th century model where there’s large scale generation plants, long distance transmission and distribution… all the energy flowing one way into the household - with money flowing back the other way to large scale generators and retailers.
Enova is advocating for a better alternative and is helping the future to be decentralised… where we no longer have solely large scale generation, but instead, electricity is generated, stored and shared amongst communities.
A Localised Energy Future.
Enova sees the future as one where the consumer is also a producer - who shares in both producing the power and benefitting from it. It’s providing an alternative to the old energy model so that economic benefits don’t flow out of every region, but money stays and circulates locally, making for stronger communities and stronger regions.
Enova has started localising Australia’s energy system through innovative projects like microgrids and solar gardens, where it’s leading communities to generate, distribute and share their own renewable power and in turn lower their costs.
We are also actively looking at the latest technological developments to help our quest and to incorporate into our projects, from different types of generation (including solar and wind power) and storage, to energy trading.
Enova hopes more communities will soon adopt the localised energy approach so that there will be many regionally self-sufficient systems throughout Australia in which consumers play a strong role and are sharing the benefits.
A Social Enterprise.
Enova sells electricity to householders and businesses (through its Enova Energy arm). But it is more than just a business. It’s a social enterprise, with a not-for-profit arm: Enova Community - a registered charity.
50% of Enova’s profits (after tax and reinvestment) will go back into community renewable energy projects, education and energy efficiency services.
Enova Community advocates energy education - because a vital first step in reducing carbon emissions is to reduce energy use.
Its purpose is also to help everybody to participate in the shift to renewables. With many people excluded from having solar on their roof (whether due to low incomes, renting or having a shady rooftop), Enova has initiated projects like its solar garden model. ‘Solar gardeners’ can purchase panels which Enova puts on the roof of a medium sized business, in order to receive a credit on their power bills. Enova hopes to see this project replicated in partnership with regional communities all over Australia in the next few years.
50% of profits (after tax and reinvestment)
will be reinvested into community projects.
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The idea for Enova was born
after a historic community
blockade against coal seam gas
at Bentley, Northern NSW.
After hosting 30 community
events, Enova raises $4 million
from 1,100 local residents.
Enova Community Energy makes
history when it launched as
Australia's first community-owned
Enova Energy achieves its initial
target customer numbers of 5000,
including 300 local businesses,
generating $5.2 million in
Enova Energy launches the Microgrid
pilot project to 30 businesses in
the Byron Arts and Industrial
Estate with the aim to expand to
the remaining 250
Carbon Offsets to offset grid purchases
Enova expands into NSW metro areas to now cover all of NSW
Enova Community launches
Australia's first solar garden
Enova Energy launches into
Enova Energy named best
electricity provider in Australia
over the past 12 months by Choice
Enova celebrates reaching 10,000 customers!
Enova Energy is now proudly
powered by its own customer rooftops
and Diamond Energy
Enova Energy provides $114,000 to community charity partners since 2019, thanks to customers choosing to have their welcome credit donated
Watch this space!