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Your Community Energy projects

Powershop has taken further steps to support renewable energy generation at a community level through Your Neighbourhood Solar and Your Community Energy initiatives.

Photo Credit: Richard Baxter

Your Community Energy has raised to date about: $420k

We think the way energy is generated, how it travels to our homes and how we pay for it is going to change dramatically in our lifetime and we’re excited to see interest from community groups around Australia and the rest of the world in renewable energy installations. At Powershop, we think we can help play a role in the future of community energy both in Australia, and let’s dream big – across the globe.

Powershop have always been great supporters of initiatives that contribute to, and promote the growth of the renewable energy mix in Australia and we know our customers are keen to be part of that change too.

That’s why we launched our program Your Community Energy – a way for our customers to support small-scale renewable energy in Australia (and even hopefully – around the world).

How it works

Your Community Energy is a Powerpack in our shop that has a 6.6c/kWh (incl. GST) premium included. When this product is purchased, we pool all of the premium amounts (excl. GST) and distribute this money to projects we’re supporting at that time. These could be projects in urban and rural Australia, or organisations supporting renewable energy in developing nations.

We know this doesn’t sound like a lot on its own, but by harnessing the collective power of our customers we’ve seen we can do it!

When you spot the Powerpack in the shop and feel like grabbing it, then you can simply purchase it like you would any product. It’s that easy to support community energy!

Where the funds go

We’re supporting all kinds of projects and organisations in Australia and overseas. These projects, 100% supported by Powershop customers, so pat yourselves on the back!

Your Neighbourhood Solar

This initiative gives Powershop customers the opportunity to support other Powershop customers with solar panels. Customers can choose to pay a small premium when purchasing power. The amounts raised as a result of customers paying the small premium are pooled and redistributed to those Powershop customers with solar systems. This is Powershop’s first step toward peer-to-peer electricity trading. Check out how it works here.

At Powershop, we’re all about trying new things and ultimately giving our customers control. Control in not only knowing how much power you use so you can save more money, but also having a positive impact on the environment. Your Community Energy is our way of facilitating support and funding for small-scale, community energy projects in Australia and around the world. This initiative is something we decided to do to see if we can encourage more community energy projects by facilitating fundraising; positively contribute to the renewable energy mix; demonstrate that clean energy technologies work and that a low carbon energy future is possible; and give all our customers choice and variety in the initiatives they want to support.
This is your chance to support community energy projects. We hope that our collective support will encourage other community groups to start their own renewable energy project, thus contributing to the small-scale renewable mix in Australia and overseas. Your Community Energy projects will receive a share of the total premium collected via this Powerpack. Powershop will not retain any of the premium paid. This is your chance to pay it forward to renewable-loving communities, by increasing the value of small-scale renewable energy installations and hopefully encourage more projects.
Please do! GreenPower is a government-managed scheme that enables Australian households and businesses to displace their electricity usage with certified renewable energy, which is added to the grid on their behalf. By purchasing GreenPower, you are helping to support large-scale renewable energy in Australia. At Powershop, you can buy as much or as little GreenPower as you like. You can buy it in parallel with Your Community Energy – the choice is yours!
Please send us an email with some information about your project and we will be sure to get back to you.

Do you have a project you'd like us to get behind?

  • This information will enable us to begin drawing up the Community Energy Agreement for the project, which outlines the grant recipient’s obligations:

    • The installation should be completed within 12 months of the agreement being signed
    • The money will not being provided until an invoice from the supplier has been provided
    • The supplier must be accredited under the Clean Energy Council program (we can assist with an installer via our Better Solar program, just email us at communityenergy@powershop.com.au )
    • The organisation agrees to work with Powershop on materials to promote the grant and program more broadly

  • Should be Empty: