Switch to a greener energy company and help a much-loved community hub go solar!
GetUp has teamed up with energy partner Powershop to help Sydney's Addison Road Community Centre install up to $50,000 in solar infrastructure - saving them money so they can do more of their important work in refugee support, sustainability, social justice, arts and human rights.
For the first 1000 people that switch power companies over the next three months, our partner Powershop will make a financial contribution to Addison Road’s solar project. If 1000 people switch, Powershop will contribute a massive $50,000.
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Addison Road is the living, beating heart of Sydney's inner west.
But the site is old - and big. This year, the electrical infrastructure on the nine-acre former army base needed urgent upgrading, costing the centre about $100,000. On top of that, ARCCO spends a massive $7,000 every month on its electricity bills.
That’s where you come in.
For the first 1000 people who switch electricity providers between now and January 31st 2017, Powershop will make a contribution to Addison Road’s solar project. If 1000 people switch, Powershop will contribute a massive $50,000.
A $50,000 solar installation on the community centre’s buildings would significantly reduce its costs as well as its demand for coal-fire generated electricity.
Going solar would allow ARCCO to invest thousands more in programs that help the most disadvantaged people in our community. The more people who switch their electricity to Powershop, the more solar capacity we can fund for the centre.
A state-of-the-art solar array would also help future-proof Addison Road. At a time when our inner-city communities are being sold off and redeveloped, it’s vital that centres like this remain strong and viable.
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ABOUT BETTER POWER PROJECTSThe Better Power campaign began two years ago when GetUp partnered with electricity retailer Powershop to provide an affordable, greener alternative to the major energy companies that dominate the market.
Powershop is Australia’s first carbon-neutral electricity retailer. It is backed by Meridian Energy, a 100% renewable power generator. The company has also been ranked Australia's Greenest Power Company in the Greenpeace Green Electricity Guide 2014 & 2015.
So far GetUp has helped more than 17,000 make the switch to Powershop, wiping millions of dollars off the bottom lines of the big polluters like AGL, Origin and EnergyAustralia.
Now Powershop are giving us the opportunity to help a community organisation go solar – reducing their energy costs, their carbon footprint, and their reliance on big polluters.
For everyone in New South Wales and Victoria who switches their electricity to Powershop between now and 31st January 2017, Powershop will make a financial contribution towards the solar project, up to a maximum of $50,000.
GetUp also receives a payment for everyone who switches, which goes towards funding our campaign work against climate change and coal seam gas.
SWITCHING IS EASYIt takes five minutes to switch online, or you can request a call from one of Powershop’s customer service team.
Powershop has no lock-in contracts or exit fees, so you can switch with confidence.
They also offer a 60-day guarantee, so if you’re not happy, they will help you switch back to your former energy company.
Top 5 FAQs
How did the Better Power campaign get started?
The concept for the Better Power campaign came from GetUp members, who told us they wanted fresh ways they could use their power as consumers to move to a cleaner electricity company and drive change in the energy market.
What is a Better Power company, and who do you work with?
We select companies that have strong environmental and consumer-friendly credentials – ones that embrace renewable energy, are affordable for everyday Australians and have a commitment to advancing Australia's clean energy future rather than relying on coal and other fossil fuels for their power generation.
Our key partner in New South Wales, Victoria and southeast Queensland is Powershop – Australia's only carbon neutral energy retailer, and one which is owned by a 100% renewable energy generator.
What's wrong with my existing energy company?
Australia's energy sector is dominated by big, polluting companies that have a bad track record when it comes to acting in the interests of consumers. The energy industry is the biggest contributor to carbon emissions in the country, making it critical to address the sector if we are serious about combating pollution from outdated, polluting technology.
Around 70% of Australians get their household energy through one of only three companies – AGL, Origin Energy, or EnergyAustralia. These three companies are among the worst polluters in the country, with all three owning massive coal-fired power stations and investing in or supporting coal seam gas (CSG). Yikes!
Household electricity is the core business of these companies, and every person who switches to a Better Power company sends an important message that everyday Australians aren't going to stay with companies that thrive on outdated, polluting fossil fuels at the expense of our natural environment.
Take a look at your own energy provider here to see how it stacks up against the competition, check out our reports "The Dirty 3: the truth about AGL, EnergyAustralia and Origin" and “The Dirty Dozen: How Australia’s 12 worst polluting coal power plants are taking taxpayers for a $6.45 billion ride”
Who is Powershop?
Powershop is backed by Meridian Energy, Australasia's largest 100% renewable energy generator. It is a modern power company that's designed to empower its customers with online tools and apps and save them money in the process.
Meridian is a multi-billion dollar company listed on the ASX and NZX. It owns and operates nine wind farms and seven hydro stations across Australia and New Zealand, and currently serves a combined 350,000 customers. It is 51% owned by the New Zealand government. Meridian owns and operates two wind farms in Australia, including the 64-turbine Mt Mercer wind farm just outside of Ballarat and the Mt Millar wind farm in South Australia. In combination, these wind farms generate enough electricity to power more than 100,000 households a year.
Powershop is Meridian's online energy retailer and the first power company in the Australian market to allow households and small businesses to see how much power they are using, what it costs before they pay for it, and to pay for it how and when they want to. It already has over 40,000 customers across Victoria and New South Wales.
Why did GetUp choose Powershop as a Better Power company?
Powershop impressed GetUp with its environmental credentials and its commitment to a sustainable, clean energy sector. It is Australia's only carbon neutral retailer, offsetting all the emissions its customers may produce via their electricity consumption. Not only that, it's owned by a 100% renewable energy generator with a commitment to only ever invest in renewables like wind and hydro, and never in dirty and polluting fossil fuels like coal and coal seam gas.
In fact, Powershop's parent company Meridian feeds more renewable energy into the grid than the total amount of electricity their retail customers use, meaning together they make a carbon and renewable positive contribution to Australian market. Because of its investments and its commitment to renewable energy, Powershop has been ranked greenest electricity retailer in Australia by Greenpeace two years running in their Green Electricity Guide.
Powershop also has a strong focus on customer service and consumer issues, with highly competitive rates across the markets they operate in.
Will I receive 100% renewable energy if I switch?
No. No matter how green your power company is, you will receive a mix of energy from different sources. This is because every energy retailer in eastern Australia must purchase their electricity from the Australian Energy Market. This mixes up all the energy fed into the grid by power generators, from both renewable and non-renewable sources.
This doesn't change when you move to Powershop – you will still be receiving a mix of renewable and non-renewable energy directly to your home or business. Powershop compensates for this by offsetting the carbon produced by your electricity consumption free of charge, making it the only carbon neutral energy retailer in Australia.
Powershop does this by purchasing United Nations certificates equivalent to the carbon emissions associated with the total electricity usage of its customers. The UN certificates are sourced from international renewable energy and carbon reduction projects in developing countries that are helping to reduce carbon emissions globally.
On top of this, by switching to Powershop you are directly endorsing and supporting their parent company Meridian's commitment to only ever invest in renewable energy sources, and never in fossil fuels like some of the other power companies. As a Powershop customer, you can be confident you're helping Meridian in its work to invest in, grow and operate renewable energy generation in Australia.
Customers also have the option to purchase 100% GreenPower from Powershop. Again, this doesn't change the energy you receive off the grid but it does directly support Meridian's renewable investments, and add additional renewable energy into the grid, over and above the mandated amount in the Renewable Energy Target.
Merdian's wind farms are accredited for 100% GreenPower, which its customers have the option to purchase. By buying 100% GreenPower, customers are supporting further investment in renewable energy in Australia, and helping speed up the transformation of Australia's energy system to cleaner renewable energy.
Is GetUp's Better Power offer with Powershop 100% GreenPower?
GetUp has a 100% GreenPower offer with Powershop but you won't automatically be switched to it when you sign up. You need to select it online after you've switched or request it over the phone.
We believe that buying 100% GreenPower is the best thing you can do to support renewable energy in Australia, and we encourage GetUp members who switch to sign up to Powershop's GreenPower offers.
Powershop sells a range of GreenPower products, and customers can buy GreenPower from community energy projects, landfill gas, energy from sugar milling and other wind farms in addition to its own two Australian wind farms.
There is a higher charge for GreenPower because when you buy one of their GreenPower products, Powershop will purchase additional Renewable Energy Certificates to help support those renewable energy projects. Click here to find out more about how GreenPower works.
Buying 100% GreenPower is a great way to support renewable energy in Australia. Electricity generation is one of the main sources of Australia's carbon emissions, so by buying GreenPower you will be supporting the construction of renewable energy generation right here in Australia and helping to cut carbon emissions.
What if I'm on a contract but want to switch?
Powershop doesn't lock customers into contracts or charge exit fees, unlike some other retailers. In fact, they will even cover any exit fees of customers who switch to them, up to a maximum $75.
The best bit is that by using their handy online tool you won't even have to contact your old retailer — you can switch to Powershop in less than five minutes and they will do it all for you.
Can I switch both my electricity and gas?
Powershop doesn't currently provide gas. If you need gas in your home you can use the online tool to switch your electricity and remain with your previous provider for your gas.
Does GetUp receive a commission through the Better Power campaign?
Every time someone switches to Powershop through the Better Power campaign, GetUp receives a commission that helps fund our pro-renewable energy and anti-coal seam gas campaigning. This commission is provided by Powershop at no cost to switchers, who receive the same rates and benefits as other customers.
Will switching save me money?
Powershop is a low-cost alternative to the big power companies, with rates equivalent to – and often cheaper than – other offers on the market.
If you're still not sure, give Powershop a call on 1800 658 433 to get a quote over the phone.
Is the offer available for people with rooftop solar?
Powershop has competitive offer for solar customers, without any of the hidden penalties or alternative contracts that some retailers force on households with PV panels. For more information on Powershop's solar tariffs, head to http://www.powershop.com.au/solar-energy/
How will my solar feed-in payments work?
Your payment for any energy produced from your solar panels will be applied as a credit to your Powershop account. If the amount you receive for your energy production outweighs the cost of the power you've consumed off the grid, the excess credit is carried forward on your account. Customers can apply to have their credit paid out to them at any time.
I want to learn more. Where are Powershop's terms and conditions for solar customers?
How can I get the best deal with Powershop?
Powershop don’t believe in discrimination and for this reason all Powershop customers have access to the same great deal. They offer a guaranteed discount and an additional discount if you pay your bill online and on time, when prompted. Find out how to use Powershop.Powershop’s online account and mobile app also make payment a quick and easy process, simply log in and pay using your credit card, bank details or BPay.