Our reason for being

Worried you can’t install solar?

Don’t have a suitable roof? Maybe you rent, live in an apartment, or own a small business but not the roof.
As a member of an Energy Democracy co-operative, you can own a share of a solar park and battery storage and offset your share of the generation against your energy consumption. The energy is delivered to your place through the poles and wires because your PV panels and battery are in a park.

What we do

Energy Democracy exists to democratise the transition to a low carbon economy, helping individuals to save power, save money and save the planet.
Energy Democracy establishes locally owned renewable energy co-operatives and builds, operates and maintains renewable energy parks for the co-ops.  We’re responsible for supporting the co-op board and helping members to access cheaper power.
Acting as the members’ electricity retailer, we make sure you get all the power you want when you want it, but we also help you to save energy that can be sold on your behalf for the best price. 
The parks include battery storage, which we use to generate extra income for the co-operative that can be distributed to the members.
Check out this video to see how Energy Democracy works.

One person’s vision

Energy Democracy is the vision of Alan Major.  After restructuring the Northern Territory YHA in 2008 to ensure the movement’s sustainability, Alan was challenged to not just get another job, but to do something that would change the world.
Alan chose to commit his efforts to improving the uptake of renewable energy to help reduce the impact of climate change.  He observed the rapid uptake of rooftop solar PV in Australia but noticed there are a lot of people missing out, simply because they don’t have a suitable roof.

Enabling communities to combat climate change

Climate emergencies are progressively being declared around the world.
Many communities are taking self-responsibility, but speed is required to limit global warming to 1.5oC.  More people need to get involved, to understand how they’re using energy, to change their relationship with energy and use it to achieve an outcome rather than simply to switch on a light.
Energy Democracy aims to help: our co-operative model of community energy enables wider participation in renewable energy initiatives to achieve tangible benefits.  We help to build more resilient communities in this climate-impacted world, providing social as well as economic benefits while reducing their carbon footprint.

FAQ

Is an Energy Democracy
co-operative right for me?