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23 Nov

Community housing to save on bills with renewable energy

launch-admin Nov 23, 2016 0 1087

Renewable energy tech company, Evergen, partners with SGCH

to provide clean energy systems to social and affordable housing communities


Australia, 23 November 2016: Renewable energy tech company Evergen today announced an Australian first, pilot program with leading community housing organisation, SGCH, which will see the installation of the Evergen intelligent home energy system in 10 low income households in New South Wales.


Evergen (backed by the CSIRO and investment leader AMP Capital) launched the nation’s first remotely-managed intelligent renewable energy centre for domestic use. Evergen combines the strength of solar and batteries with intelligent technology, allowing SGCH tenants to reduce their energy bills by up to 80 per cent. The pilot project – the first of its kind nationally – is co-funded by the Office of Environment, the Clean Energy Finance Corporation and SGCH to deliver an innovative solution for social and affordable housing tenants.


The systems, to be installed in October 2016, will have solar PV’s installed on the roofs and the batteries installed in a common, purpose built shed. Each property will have its own Evergen intelligent home energy management system, allowing the systems to be tailored to each user’s specific needs to maximise their savings.


Commenting on the initiative, renowned energy scientist and Evergen CEO, Dr Glenn Platt, said: “The Evergen system has the capability for SGCH tenants to save significant amounts off their household energy costs. As well as reducing energy costs, we hope that by providing the tenants with more information about how they consume energy via the Evergen app, we can empower them to better manage how they use energy. This is a piece of technology that we see as vital in the future of community housing and we are excited to be at the forefront of this.”


CEO of SGCH Group, Scott Langford, said low income households spend more of their household budget on essentials such as energy. The results of thispilot project will provide valuable information on the benefits for households that are more vulnerable to rising energy costs.


People on low incomes are struggling the most with the rising cost of living including high energy costs. Many social housing tenants have high energy consumption: as a share of household income, low income households spend three times what high-income households spend on in-home energy**. It is these people who would benefit the most from energy saving measures in their homes, but who can not afford the large up front costs of items like solar panels.


“SGCH is committed to sustainable housing design, ensuring tenants who are vulnerable to rising energy costs can benefit from savings now and in the future. We are excited to work with Evergen to offer our tenants cutting edge technology that will make a real difference to their energy bills, health and wellbeing,” Mr Langford said.



The Evergen intelligent home energy system learns the power consumption patterns of each customer household and forecasts solar production based on analysis of local weather to build a picture of future energy flows to make smart decisions that reduce energy costs.  


The company has selected battery hardware provided by one of the world’s leading manufacturers, Alpha ESS, who has worked collaboratively with Evergen to develop its intelligent energy system.


Managing Director of Alpha ESS Australia, Mr Dong Lin, said: “Alpha ESS has always been committed to providing superior quality battery systems, and we are particularly proud to be associated with this project with SGCG, which brings the benefits of energy technology to people who would not ordinarily be able to afford the upfront cost.”



*Based on Evergen trial customer results. Actual savings will depend on system size, electricity consumption and tariff rates.

**ABS 4670.0 Household Energy Consumption Survey




Media Contact: louise@launchgroup.com.au | 02 9492 1003 | 0452 574 244


About Evergen:

Evergen is a new energy services company that sells and manages intelligent home energy systems comprising solar power and batteries. The ’intelligence’ technology is provided by the CSIRO, which periodically analyses and remotely updates the system to improve over time. AMP Capital is a major investor in the company alongside CSIRO.


Evergen is run by energy scientists and advocates of change for clean solar and battery storage technologies for the home. The Evergen team includes renowned energy scientist and CEO Dr Glenn Platt and former CEO of AMP Capital and Evergen Chairman Stephen Dunne.


About SGCH:

SGCH is a leading not-for-profit community housing provider with over 30 years’ experience in developing and managing sustainable, safe and affordable homes and connecting people to opportunity.


Recognised as one of the largest Community Housing Providers in Australia, SGCH houses over 8,500 people in 4,300 homes across the Sydney Metropolitan Region.


Our pioneering partnerships with government agencies, community groups and support services allow us to increase the number of good quality homes in the places we work and connect people to training, education, employment and community engagement opportunities.