How to build a local renewable energy economy

Apr 3, 2020 | Community, Indigo Power, Tips

Well, the Roadshow finished up yesterday, and while it didn’t quite go as planned (who could have anticipated a global pandemic), it is clear there is a huge amount of passion across our region.

More than 250 people participated in either face-to-face Roadshow events or over a series of webinars. We’ve got a lot to learn about delivering online webinars, but it was great to see 120 people attend those online events, despite the circumstances

It has been a pretty tough six months for North East Victoria. But we believe that building a local renewable energy economy, with local ownership, can play an important role in the recovery of our region, after the bushfires, and after the current pandemic.

We’ve also calculated that over $160 million leaves our region in electricity bills each year. Working with communities to source and build as much local clean energy as possible, can help change that. Now, more than ever, keeping money in our region is so important.  

Core to this proposition is true community ownership, local jobs, local investment, and local partnerships.. We’re also a social enterprise, which means that 50% of profits go back into clean energy projects in our region. 

We’re currently offering community members the chance to become Indigo Power shareholders, with a minimum shareholding of $100. We know it’s a hard time, but we can still reach our target of 300 Indigo Power shareholders, owning 100% of the company.

You can find out more here.

We will use the funds raised through this share offering to keep working with communities to deliver renewable energy solutions. This includes: 

  • Expanding our Community Energy Hubs offer to more people across North East Victoria and into the Border Region of NSW; 
  • Building more renewable energy generation and storage infrastructure to power our communities; and
  • Developing our online software to better demonstrate energy sharing across our hubs. 

Thanks for everyone that came to the Roadshow events, and to our fantastic customers and shareholders.  We’re looking forward to working with you to build our local, clean energy future.

Ben McGowan

Ben McGowan

Ben is Indigo Power’s Managing Director. He has a passion for collaborative initiatives that make a positive impact on our communities. Ben leads our skilled and committed projects team, driving the uptake of community-scale clean energy technologies in communities around Australia.

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