Steven Harris, CEO Enova energy, in Byron Bay.
Steven Harris, CEO Enova energy, in Byron Bay. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Community green energy could be a ‘game changer’

THE group working to take Tyalgum village off the electricity grid has embraced the possibilities of Byron-based community-based energy start-up Enova, as it edges closer to its goal.

In just six weeks since launching the campaign, Enova Community Energy has rallied $1.1 million of its $3 million minimum start-up target.

Enova Community Energy has extended its launch offer period for the public to get involved until 5pm (AEST) November 27.

If they reach their target, Enova will become Australia’s first community-owned renewable energy retailer and installation business.

Enova chair Alison Crook said the support to date was “astonishing”, but understandable.

“The Enova business model gives people something to be hopeful about,” Mr Crook said.

“They can see real benefits for themselves, for their Northern Rivers communities and for the wider environment. The real surprise is the strength of support we are getting across all sections of the community and from people in all walks of life.”

Ms Crook said she was confident Enova could be a real “game changer” in the renewable energy sector.

Ms Crook said Enova also aimed to help other communities get their renewable energy projects off the ground.

Australian Radio Towers spokeswoman Kacey Clifford, who’s involved with the plans to take Tyalgum village off the grid, said Enova could mean great things for the future of renewable energy.

She said they’d been in contact with Enova and planned to have further discussions with them about the Tyalgum project.

“I honestly think anything that supports the community in the way of providing opportunities for more renewable energy...is wonderful,” Ms Clifford said.



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