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Energy Locals is a Social Enterprise: what does that mean?

Social Enterprises balance a number of objectives. Rather than driving hard for profit targets at all costs, they use their commercial power to generate improvements in society. At Energy Locals we look to make a difference in a variety of ways.

We return the majority of our profits back to the community

Customers select the organisation they wish to support through their energy consumption. Energy Locals returns margin to these organisations which allows for the provision of better services - for example a school can raise money through the Energy Locals Fundraiser service which can be used to purchase a new solar system or even to fund new instruments for students.

We drive innovation in renewable energy

Our Community Power Service allows local communities to directly support local renewable energy generators through their energy supply. This can generate greater returns for biomass, solar or wind farms, making more renewable energy projects economically viable and helping to clean up the Australian energy mix.

Carbon Neutral

Energy Locals voluntarily offsets the emissions from the energy we provide and our organisational activities. This comes at no extra cost to customers and reflects our desire for ethical power and a more sustainable future. Learn more

We are making energy fairer

Every Australian needs energy and we're committed to making this essential service easier to understand and navigate. With Energy Locals what you see is what you get. And for good measure we have thrown in a promise to never increase our prices for profit.  Learn more

Why a social enterprise model works for you

As a social enterprise we still aim to be profitable, however once we've distributed revenue to our partners the Energy Locals margin is markedly less than our industry competitors. Why did we choose this approach? Simply because the energy market is changing extremely rapidly. To best support our customers and partners through that change we'll have to be extremely nimble. A Social Enterprise approach gives us the right balance between purpose and flexibility to best support those we're here to serve. 

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