How to switch to renewable energy if you rent

It’s faster and easier than you think. Learn about GreenPower.

You want to see Australians produce more renewably-sourced energy. But you’re renting, rooftop solar isn’t an option for you, and you’re unlikely to be owning a home anytime soon.

There is something you can do that really counts: opt for an electricity plan with 100% accredited GreenPower.

Switching to a 100% GreenPower plan is the single biggest thing many individuals can do for the environment today. It’s your fastest and easiest way to go renewable.

Read about how to negotiate the best GreenPower deal.

GreenPower customers Tiffany and Jono, Waterloo

GreenPower gets more renewable energy into the grid

GreenPower is an accredited and audited government scheme that enables Australian households and businesses to support the generation of electricity from renewable sources. When you opt for a GreenPower electricity plan from your energy provider, your money goes to getting more renewably sourced energy into the electricity grid.

Leading businesses operating in central Sydney, such as Atlassian and Koskela, have already switched to GreenPower plans. This is part of their commitment to the RE100 program, a global corporate initiative to accelerate the shift to renewable energy. It’s time for more of us to join them.

Koskela, Australia homeware store in Rosebery, GreenPower customer

A GreenPower account’s just like a regular electricity account

When your provider sells you GreenPower, it’s simply committing to source the equivalent amount of grid electricity from certified renewable sources.

Most energy providers sell GreenPower

Although not all energy retailers advertise GreenPower, most offer it. They call it different names, like ‘green energy’. See a list of GreenPower providers. If you’re happy with your current electricity provider, speak to them and ask them for their most competitive 100% GreenPower offer.

Be sure to ask for GreenPower

It’s important to be explicit in asking for accredited GreenPower.

Companies often try to offer other ‘green’ plans, like carbon neutral or carbon offset plans. But these plans are not about 100% renewable electricity – they don’t support the growth of Australia’s renewable sector.

Use energy comparison sites carefully

If you’re using a comparison website like Energy Switch, make sure you click the ‘buy green energy’ tab. It’s easy to miss. And note that the “Estimated cost” figure that displays doesn’t usually include the GreenPower cost.

We highly recommend you call individual providers and ask them for their best deal.

Read more handy tips on how to negotiate the best GreenPower deal.

GreenPower comes from renewable sources across Australia

GreenPower is generated by wind, solar, bio gas and hydro farms all around Australia.

Watch the video to see one of the farms in Gamilaroi country, NSW, near Inverell.

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We’re here to answer your questions

We want to make it easier for you to go 100% renewable. If you have questions about GreenPower, or getting solar installed, email us at renewableenergy@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

We need more people like you going 100% renewable. Renters have considerable power! Tell us when you switch: @cityofsydney on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter or email us at renewableenergy@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au.

We went 100% renewable in July 2020. We buy electricity from wind and solar farms in regional NSW to cover all of our operations – 115 buildings, 75 parks, 5 pools and 23,000 street lights.

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