Indigo Power is a community owned energy company and social enterprise committed to powering our communities with clean energy. We’re based right here in regional Victoria.
Community energy hubs combine local renewable energy generation, storage and energy sharing, giving our communities control over their energy future. We’ve got some of the best solar resources in the country, and we’re helping communities make the most of it.
Through innovative technology, customers with solar panels (and batteries) can share energy with their local community. Energy hubs promote clean energy cooperation across the whole community, with energy transferred from those who have it, to those who need it.
We’re building renewable energy generation and storage, so that we can provide locally generated renewable energy when you, or your neighbours can’t.
Indigo Power convenes the North East Community Energy Network. The Network brings together community energy groups from across the region to collaborate on clean energy projects.
As a certified social enterprise, we’ve committed to returning 50% of our profits to clean energy and community projects in our towns.
Indigo Power has a board of directors, and strategic advisory committee, with a strong mix of business, finance, environment, community development, science and management skills.
Board Chair, Ann Telford.
Current executive at Goulburn Murray Water, with a Masters in Public Administration. Ann is an experienced Director with expertise in strategic and business planning, project management, governance, utility customer billing, engagement and communications.
Deputy Chair, Dr. Rowan O’Hagan.
Expert in governance, finance, audit, risk and strategic planning, with experience across a range of sectors. Rowan is also a Director of Albury Wodonga Health.
Managing Director, Dr. Ben McGowan.
Ben McGowan has worked as a social researcher and consultant in the conservation and energy fields. He has Masters qualifications in science from the University of Melbourne.
Company Secretary, Matt Grogan.
Commercial and property lawyer, with an office based in Beechworth. Matt is a member of the Totally Renewable Yackandandah committee of management and the Yackandandah Health committee of management.
Director, Dr. Rik Thwaites.
Expert on the human aspects of environmental management, with broad international experience. Rik is a member of the Indigo Shire Environmental Advisory Committee and a director of the board of the Cape Otway Conservation Ecology Centre.
Director, Dr. Chris Guest.
An economist, with a 40-year career working in the NSW and Australian governments, Chris has considerable senior executive experience developing and delivering reforms. He has expertise in governance, strategy and policy. Chris is also an adviser to the Indigo Power management team.
Gayle Lee is a CPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She owns a farming property currently being developed as a solar farm at Glenrowan West and runs an agricultural contracting business with her husband. Gayle is a former General Manager of Bruck Textiles in Wangaratta and a former Director of North East Water and Goulburn Murray Water.
Gayle is the Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee of the Rural City of Wangaratta and a Trustee of the Benalla Cemetery Trust.
Indigo Power management team includes Ben McGowan, Lysander Tyrrell, Cambell Klose and Fran Quintanilla.
Managing Director – Dr. Ben McGowan
Ben has worked as a social researcher and consultant in the conservation and energy fields. He has Masters qualifications in science from the University of Melbourne and a joint PhD from the Australian National University and Charles Darwin University.
Project Coordinator – Lysander Tyrrell
Lysander’s is the voice you hear when you call Indigo Power. He has worked in outdoor education, videography and mixed media, before moving into sales and customer service.
Engagement Officer – Cam Klose
Cam has worked in political and communications strategy, as well as grassroots community engagement.
Marketing and Communications Officer – Fran Quintanilla
Analytical and strategic by nature, Fran is passionate about crafting and telling meaningful stories that bring people together. She has worked in the professional services industry and has Masters qualifications in marketing and leadership from Swinburne University.
We’re a community-owned energy company, based here in regional Victoria. Indigo Power is committed to creating local employment opportunities and using local suppliers where possible. As a certified social enterprise, we’ve committed to returning 50% of our profits to clean energy and community projects in our towns. So when you join Indigo Power you’re ensuring that more money that’s spent here, stays here.
Indigo Power is a certified social enterprise. Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally address social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment.
Our purpose is to deliver 100% renewable energy across North East Victoria and Southern NSW, in a way that supports and empowers communities. We’re committed, and will spend half our profits on achieving our renewable energy target.
No. Anyone can join Indigo Power.
Customers with solar panels generate the energy that other customers can use, or we’ll generate it for you at our community-owned solar power systems. So don’t worry. If you don’t have solar panels you’ll still be an important participant in your community energy hub, and be able to have your electricity supplied by Indigo Power.
A community energy hub is a community or town working together to create and share electricity.
Indigo Power customers can generate electricity and share it with their neighbours, and we’ll be building larger solar and battery projects to supply communities with top-up power. Every community energy hub remains connected to the Australian electricity network, so you’ve always got power when you need it
If you’ve got solar, excess energy that is not being used is sent back into community energy hub and is available for other customers to use.
Indigo Power will also be building renewable energy generation installations to provide top up electricity for the hub. We’ll run the calculations each evening. The next day we’ll show you how much energy was shared locally, was shared by larger scale generation and storage assets, and was supplied from outside the hub.
No. You can participate in your community energy hub without solar panels, and without an Ubi.
In the mid-term, having an Ubi will give you additional functionality, allowing you to make real-time decisions about how you participate in the hub. In the short-term, the Ubi will give you real-time visibility of your household’s energy generation, consumption, and export. You’ll also be able to track the performance of the hub with your Mondo Portal.
Don’t worry. If you don’t have an Ubi you can still participate in your community energy hub, and our Indigo Power software will allow you to track the performance of your hub.
Indigo Power is a public unlisted company and certified social enterprise. We’re owned by community members from across regional Victoria and New South Wales.
You can see our board members and management team here.
Social enterprises are businesses that trade to intentionally tackle social problems, improve communities, provide people access to employment and training, or help the environment. As a certified social enterprise, you know that we’ll always be delivering for our communities and the environment.
Indigo Power is a certified social enterprise, and directs 50% of our profits towards projects that support our purpose.
Our purpose is, ‘to enable a society that is powered by 100% renewable energy in a way that supports and empowers communities.’
You’ll see the Energy Locals logo and name a lot. That’s because Energy Locals provides some key electricity retail services to Indigo Power, which enables us to deliver our offer. Energy Locals holds an electricity retail licence, and many of the important software, billing, and payment systems are provided by Energy Locals.
Energy Locals are a Melbourne based company with a vision of making energy cheaper, cleaner and fairer. You can find out more about Energy Locals here.
Community energy is an approach to renewable energy that gives power back to communities.
This can be through local ownership, or by ensuring benefit flows back to the community in some other way. We convene a network of 15 community energy groups across the region, all working to deliver clean energy outcomes for their communities.