Who We Are
People-powered has a new meaning. For the first time, households, businesses, community groups, and energy generators can transition from big energy and unite to power their own communities with local renewables.
A message from our founder
Communities are powerhouses of change.
The People’s Grid is more than an energy offering: we’re a movement that will change the way Australia thinks about – and uses – its energy.
The Current System
Dirty energy smothers the market.
Choice is a beautiful thing. But when it comes to energy, Australians miss out. We feel powerless against big energy retailers who prioritise their bottom line over our environment. And the current system around rooftop solar is a limited solution that feeds back into dirty energy. We should, at least, be able to decide where our energy comes from. Collectively, we can cross a new frontier into an offering that allows us to be part of something and do something about climate change. An offering that puts choice on the market.
Our brighter future
Let’s build a grid that puts our energy to good use
The People’s Grid redistributes the power away from big energy and into the hands of communities. In a few clicks, you can create and sign up for entirely renewable electricity. Let’s step away from being passive consumers in the current system and step into creating our own systems. The People’s Grid leverages existing renewables and encourages the creation of more. Now, communities can choose where their energy comes from. Keep the lights on indoors and keep the air clean outdoors.
Where we are
We already light up South Australia and Victoria.
We’ll soon be powering communities all around Australia and we plan to take our unique model to the rest of the world.
For the first time in Australia, The People's Grid offers users a choice: To fund Big Energy and support executives' pay and overseas shareholders? Or to join an energy supplier that supports local, renewable generators and communities?
We believe in a movement that champions locally-sourced energy. This ranges from renewable sources such as your neighbour's rooftop solar to local producers like your local wind farm. When local community activities, clubs, groups, and organisations are part of that equation – whether they're installing more solar and batteries, encouraging the switch to more sustainble greener sources, or raising some extra money for their local social activities – the end result is a community that becomes a powerhouse of change.
The People’s Grid has kicked off in South Australia, with Victoria following closely. We will soon expand to Queensland and NSW with plans to go national –and beyond!– so stay tuned for regular updates.
Communities can launch their own community energy plan without the hassle of starting an electricity retailer from scratch. Not only is this time consuming and costly, it also involves a lot of risk and compliance – overhwelming to say the least!
We partner with licensed electricity retailer, Circular Energy, to solve this issue. At its core, The People's Grid allows members to essentially build their own grid. Each member of our grid joins a Collective (or community group) that creates their offer using the rooftop solar, batteries, solar and wind farms, or biomass generators already in their community. This is what we mean when we say that members can build their own grid. Then, we use smart meter data and our proprietary matching algorithm to ensure consistent energy and to match supply and demand every half hour.
The energy market is experiencing a huge shift away from dominant fossil fuel generators to one where an increasing number of homes and businesses are becoming independent, mini-power producers. The problem is that large energy companies dominate the market and control both the supply and distribution of energy. Households and businesses want change but, as it stands, the market constrains them.
The People’s Grid was designed to allow households and businesses to share energy within their community. Given the energy market is becoming decenstralised, there is real opportunity to reimagine how and where we get our energy. We believe it should be people-powered, green, and renewable.
We also believe communities should benefit from this big shift which is why we've structred in the concept of Collectives. This way, both climate impact and local social impact work hand-in-hand.
The energy exported from producers will be matched with customers' consumption based on a hierarchy of preferences. If there's too much available energy available and not enough demand, the energy producers will be paid out the wholesale price at the time of export.