Your Neighbourhood Solar

At Powershop, 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. One already noticeable change is the amount of rooftop solar popping up all over our neighbourhoods.

This got us thinking… what about those of us who rent or live in apartments and don’t have the choice to benefit from solar generation, or those of us who simply cannot afford to install it? Is there a way for us to show how much we support the growth of solar power in Australia?

That’s why, after an overwhelmingly successful trial, we’re now making this Powerpack —Your Neighbourhood Solar —  available to most of our Victorian customers. Choosing this pack is your chance to support those in your neighbourhood who have solar installed and are exporting that energy to the grid. This Powerpack includes a 4.4c/kWh (incl. GST) premium that will be redistributed to Powershop solar customers* on a standard feed-in tariff in your distribution area.

How do Powershop solar customers benefit?
The 4.4c/kWh (incl. GST) premium that is included in Your Neighbourhood Solar is pooled together and redistributed to your ‘neighbours’, being all Powershop solar customers on the standard feed-in tariff in your distribution area. They will receive an even higher feed-in tariff for the solar they export to the grid (none of the premium is retained by Powershop). So you’ll not only be helping to reward people for their investment in solar, but you’ll also show there’s a demand for it.

What’s the point?
This is your chance to support your neighbours with solar and to encourage other neighbours to contribute to the small-scale renewable mix in Australia by installing panels. Your ‘neighbours’ will receive a share of the total premium collected (less GST), based on how much energy they export to the grid. Powershop will not retain any of the premium. We hope that the product will help to send a message to homeowners that solar can reward households who have installed it.

This is your chance to pay it forward to your solar-loving neighbours, by increasing the value of solar and hopefully encouraging stronger uptake in solar installations.

What if I want to buy GreenPower?
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 demand for large-scale renewable energy in Australia. At Powershop, you can buy as much or as little GreenPower as you like (read more about how here). You can buy it in parallel with Your Neighbourhood Solar – the choice is yours!

Why is Powershop doing this?
At Powershop, we’re all about trying new things and ultimately giving our customers control. Control lies in not only knowing how much power you use, empowering you to save more money, but also having a more positive impact on the environment. This initiative is something we’ve decided to trial to see if we can:

  • send a message to the market that rooftop solar is valuable;
  • reward our solar customers for the energy they export to the grid;
  • give all our customers choice and variety in the initiatives they want to support; and
  • make a first step towards what might be energy trading of the future.

You will see this special in your shop from 15 November 2016 and the choice is yours if you want to snap it up! The offer will be available until 30 November 2016 unless sold out prior to this time.

For those who prefer visuals, this might help:

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6 thoughts on “Your Neighbourhood Solar

    1. Powershop Post author

      Sorry for the late reply, Dianne – YNS was available for a limited time to our CitiPower customers as a trial. Stay tuned for more updates!

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  1. Ian G

    I like the idea…and could work really well as a place for furthering community engagement in solar. and renewable energy in general. – and especially because the premium for supporting other peoples solar is less than for Greenpower purchased .
    Are there any plans to extend the scheme , and could this be trialed in other network areas?
    Can this system work in inner city regions where there is lower number of homes with solar power?

    If an aggregated block of community members were to purchase through scheme, could the price be further reduced? I work at a local government and we are keen to facilitate more solar uptake.

    Can anyone answer these questions?

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