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12 May 2016
Does home energy storage belong in your garage or your washing machine? Reproduced with permission from Andrew Rogers, you can read the original article here. It might sound a bit crazy at first but our homes already have a surprising number of devices with their own energy storage: Portable devices: Laptops, phones, garden equipment, handheld power tools, and rapidly increasingly...
13 Feb 2016
Renewable Newstead went public today, having signed an MOU with Powercor. Why is this news?  Because the community of Newstead is in transition to 100% renewable energy, and Powercor is going on the journey. It may be the first community to have signed such an MOU with a network company, it may not be. This isn't about being first necessarily, it's about changing the game for energy...
24 Nov 2015
Every consultant and commentator now has a view on solar and storage. The ATA solar and storage will be economic by 2020, Tristian Edis is downplaying going off grid, and you get the feeling Giles Parkinson sees market disruption imminent (we tend to be in the same camp as Giles). Here are the three common mistakes we see when assessing the potential of solar and storage. Read them,...
10 Nov 2015
Energy for the People sometimes likes to post provocative ideas, just to see how people react. Here is one such idea - "let’s make energy free!" One of our readers noticed an article in the New York Times. It's about a Texas utility offering free energy. It got us thinking - could there be a business case for free energy and, if so, what would it look like? Click here to read and comment...
8 Nov 2015
Jess Hill from ABC radionational has done a great, investigative piece on Australia's changing energy market, titled "The Big Disconnect". The 40 minute radio piece traverses a history of Australia's energy market, the impact of changing technology performance and price, and the groundbreaking Tyalgum Energy Project that aims to disconnect from the grid. You can listen to "The Big...
8 Nov 2015
Journalist Michael Short recently profile some of the work Energy for the People and The People's Solar is doing, in "The Zone" - an online, thought provoking outlet of The Age online. The article, titled "How to cut your bills and even quit the grid" generated a lot of interest and discussion, with a common theme being people are tired of rising bills, and simply looking for a simple...
6 Nov 2015
Watch and be inspired by the Balunu story, connecting Indigenous kids back to culture and traditional practices, creating a generation of sustainable change.  
6 Nov 2015
Along came collaborative consumption with the promise to save the world, but then darlings like AirBnB start to drive up property prices and worsen house shortages, and Uber decides things like paying taxes to local Government's don't fit the business plan. I distinctly remember being at the launch of Rachel Bosman's book, Collaborative Consumption, and a bright,...
23 Oct 2015
It seems every week there is a new story breaking about the rapid change of pace in the energy market. The ABC onlines news story about Tyalgum, a little town in Northern NSW that wants to go off grid, was the second most viewed article across the entire ABC online news platform, for the week it was posted.  You can download the 30-page plan that outlines how Tyalgum can go off...
8 Oct 2015
  When a story about the little town of Tyalgum is trending on ABC news, you know it is an idea whose time has come. It is a story about a small community that decided it was tired of the rising prices, of big companies taking customers for granted, and of an unsustainable electricity grid. Download the 30-page plan that outlines how communities like Tyalgum can go off-...
8 Oct 2015
They may not know it yet, but property developers are facing a stark choice – to connect, or not to connect their next development to the grid. Like it or not, the risk of housing becoming outdated prior to completion, particularly in developments on the urban growth boundary, has never been higher. Imagine the scenario – you start building a greenfield development (a precinct which may span...
30 Sep 2015
We think this video is pretty cool, and a sign of where the energy market is going. You may have read, the community of Tyalgum has plans to go off the grid together. Well now you can hear fist hand from some of the people involved. Check it out. You can download the 30-page plan that outlines how Tyalgum can go off grid here    
14 Sep 2015
When everyone you talk to about solar power, talks about battery storage too, you know the energy market is on the cusp of a big change. We often speculate what the future will look like, but what should the future look like? What should our energy market look like in ten years time, and how do we get there?  Three of our recent and current projects explore just that, with the...
17 Jul 2015
It is a difficult time for the renewable sector in Australia, no doubt. Large scale projects have been on hold for some time, and are only just starting to see glimmers of light in the tunnel. Meanwhile the value of rooftop solar is being chipped away at the margins, with further reductions in feed-in-tariffs for Victorian solar customers expected, and network tariffs being re-balanced to claw...
3 May 2015
Not because of the price tag, though that helps. And not because it wouldn’t look out of place on the wall of a London nightclub, though that helps too. But because it shows that in just several short years of taking a technical innovation challenge seriously, not only can those challenges be solved, they can be blown out of the park. Visit www.boompower.com.au, to be first to hear...
26 Feb 2015
We are currently in the midst of a global revolution in the way energy markets work. What happens in the next 10 years is likely to reverberate for the rest of the century. What I’m concerned with is how we ensure this inevitable disruption leads to the establishment of a democratic energy system, which will create value for the whole of society, as opposed to profits for a few. Profit...
11 Nov 2014
Renewable Newstead Comes Alive. Renewable Newstead is all about creating a social solution to the great challenge of transitioning energy markets from centralised and extractive, to local and renewable. This is about much more than technology and engineering, it's about a community becoming stronger by working together and making the town of Newstead more liveable for the long term...
27 Oct 2014
The transition to a distributed energy world is accelerating, driven by the confluence of technology, price and consumer appetite. In January 2014, Energy for the People released detailed research into off-grid “tipping points”, identifying a range of sweet spots for the economic viability of stand-alone power supply to communities, new housing developments and individual homes. At the time,...

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12 May 2016
Does home energy storage belong in your garage or your washing machine? Reproduced with permission from Andrew Rogers, you can read the original article here. It might sound a bit crazy at first but our homes already have a surprising number of devices with their own energy storage: Portable devices: Laptops, phones, garden equipment, handheld power tools, and rapidly increasingly...
24 Nov 2015
Every consultant and commentator now has a view on solar and storage. The ATA solar and storage will be economic by 2020, Tristian Edis is downplaying going off grid, and you get the feeling Giles Parkinson sees market disruption imminent (we tend to be in the same camp as Giles). Here are the three common mistakes we see when assessing the potential of solar and storage. Read them,...