As Australia’s first community-owned energy company, Enova plays a special role in the community energy movement that’s decarbonising, decentralising and democratising our energy system.
Community energy is where community members participate in renewable energy projects. This can be through developing, owning, or directly benefitting from projects.
Community energy projects can focus on enabling a community to generate, store and/or share their own renewable energy.
All community energy projects are unique, just like their communities. They differ in many ways such as their size, the technology used and how they're funded. What they have in common is an understanding that motivated communities can take action to reduce emissions and become more resilient.
Some real examples of community energy projects include:
- Energise Gloucester – a local community organisation aiming to develop and run its own locally controlled, environmentally responsible, and financially successful renewable energy programs.
- Haystacks Solar Garden - a cooperative set up to install a large solar array on farmland that will be operated as a solar garden. A solar garden allows people without a sunny roof to have access to the many benefits of rooftop solar by purchasing a solar plot.
- Coorabell Hall - solar panels installed on the roof of a community hall, with money from a community organisation set up to fund solar for communities.
- Geni.Energy - an organisation working in partnership with Enova Energy to enable the development of community and household renewable energy generation in the Northwest region of New South Wales.