What is GreenPower?

Having sustainable and renewable energy is important to help reduce emissions and greenhouse gases to create a more eco-friendly planet. Electricity is mostly produced by burning coal in a generator, which as you can probably imagine causes a lot of waste, heat and dangerous gases that damage the earth’s ozone layer. This is how electricity has been produced for decades, and more countries and the governments within them are looking for better ways to power the world.

GreenPower, also known as the GreenPower Program was set up by the Australian government in 1997 to allow households and businesses to subsidise their energy with renewable energy that is certified. Only a small percentage of electricity comes from renewable energy such as water, air, and the sun, and GreenPower is aiming to combat this to increase the amount of renewable energy.

Since its inception, the program looks to inspire those to turn to renewable sources as well as increasing consumer choice.  It also looks to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make Australia more eco-friendly. More than 300,000 homes and businesses use renewable energy, which is only looking to increase over the coming years.

When enrolling in the GreenPower program, you are contributing to supporting the renewable energy sector in Australia.  This is a great solution to be a part for three key reasons:

  • Do not want to invest in solar panels: Solar panels are great, but they are also expensive, especially if you are renting. Greenpower is a brilliant option to help you reduce your carbon footprint without the price tag of buying and installing solar panels.
  • Renting: Just because you do not outright own property, does not mean that you cannot invest in sustainable energy. This is a great option for renters as you still have the opportunity to switch to renewables.
  • Nothing changes: You still get great quality and great service. You essentially just opt in for a more eco-friendly one!

We recommend checking whether GreenPower is supported in your state in Australia and seeing how it compares to what you are currently paying for your energy supply. You can do this easily by using a price comparison website and doing your research on what is out there. The majority of suppliers out there offer GreenPower products.

You can check for this by looking for a green tick, which confirms that you are purchasing the best choice for the environment and it is most importantly, accredited by the GreenPower program. If in doubt, you can also call your current supplier to find out what they offer in terms of GreenPower and they can enable you to make the switch.

Please note, that this will not change the quality of your electricity or how your appliances in the home will perform. You still get a brilliant supply that is with a reliable provider, you just know that you are contributing to a better future. If you have any doubts, please speak to your current provider and they will be able to give you answers relative to what your current plan is, as well as your location.

The GreenPower program has enabled over $1 Billion of extra funds to be reinvested into the renewable energy industry in Australia. It has also created over 300 jobs across the sector, so you can be sure that you are contributing to a better economy in Australia when opting into the program.


Author: Claire Stapley
Claire Stapley is ElectricityComparison.com.au's Energy Editor, based in Melbourne Australia. Claire is a founding member of ElectricityComparison.com.au News and Energy Team.