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Ari Ehrlich, Tyalgum

Enova Community Energy is building a first-of-its kind solar garden in the Northern Rivers region. This will allow renters, and others who are locked out of rooftop solar, to be able to participate in the transition to renewables and receive the benefits of solar.

Enova customers will be able invest in solar in increments of 1kW (known as a plot) and receive direct credits on their bill for the value of the generation (less the costs to manage it).

Membership in the solar garden is portable – so renters can still get their rebate if they move home but stay with Enova as their electricity supplier (currently within the NSW service area). Solar gardens, like the one mentioned on The Echo’s front page last week, are an example of a model that puts energy production into the hands of the community and decentralises the energy grid.


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