Tell us about the social impact of your innovation. Please include both numbers and stories as evidence of this impact
Our vision is that the poor, elderly and disadvantaged do not have the lights turned off. That they have access to energy for the rest of their life and external circumstances (such as increase in the cost of energy) do not have an overwhelming and crippling effect on their standard of living.
With a pilot project in a suburb, which has a high concentration of these groups residing in them we will quickly be able to determine the weaknesses in this project and how we can scale it quickly to enable suburbs to power themselves and the buildings around them.
Social Energy Australia would also like to work towards creating self sufficient towns through the use of other renewable energy technologies such as wind and ultimately become the primary energy provider in Australia.
Problem: Describe the primary problem(s) that your innovation is addressing
Energy is one of the leading issues we face this century and innovative solutions need to be found in order to enable everyone (regardless of economic status) to have equal access to energy.
With recent announcements of price increases for power it has moved many families, pensioners and disadvantaged into a situation where essentials will need to be cut to survive.
Social Energy Australia aims to provide energy to these groups while reducing reliance on our existing energy system. This will be good for the environment and reduce the financial pressures on these groups.
Actions: Describe the steps that you are taking to make your innovation a success. Include a description of the business model. What might prevent that success?
The first step is to a source investment for a pilot project in a suburb with a lower social economic index and a high density of the groups we want to help.
We are also looking for technology partners and research partners to work towards the goal of all increasing the use of renewable energy sources.
Results: Describe the expected results of these actions over the next three years. Please address each year separately, if possible
Year 1 - Pilot program, testing, refining and adjustment
Year 2 - Roll out across Western Australia (Cities and Regional)
Year 3 - Roll out Australia wide and start investing in other renewable energy technology to build diverse capacity
If your innovation seeks to impact public policy, how?
We expect that ultimately Social Energy Australia will replace many of the large commercialised energy organisations that exist around Australia. This will require new legislation for Social Energy Australia to become a Social Business energy provider (currently our legal structures don' support this).