UPowr reaches CO2 displacement milestone

UPowr co-founders together
CIO and Co-founder, Daniel Friedman and CEO and Co-founder, Stu Philpot (Image via UPowr)

Australian cleantech company UPowr has surpassed 2000kW install capacity for its residential solar business—the startup’s first major milestone on the road to making more electrified energy assets accessible to Australian homeowners.

UPowr customers are now collectively displacing an estimated 1.89 million-plus kilograms of CO2 every year, thanks to their solar power systems.

This milestone is a major step for UPowr on its mission to accelerate the shift to a world beyond net zero, by transforming the way our homes generate and use energy.

By 2030, UPowr’s goal is to displace over 7.5 billion kilograms of CO2 from the atmosphere, by helping 1 million Aussie homeowners install clean energy assets.

“I’m really proud of the team’s effort in hitting the 2mW milestone. A big thank you to our partners who placed their trust in the UPowr business model. We’re chasing 10mW next, and I can’t wait to see what this team delivers,” UPowr co-founder and CEO Stu Philpot said.

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The estimated annual CO2 displacement volume, based on UPowr’s 2000kW install capacity is equivalent to:

  • 951,558kg of coal, burned
  • 808,450L of fuel, consumed
  • 230,877,743 smartphones, charged
  • 4,394 barrels of oil, consumed
  • 229 homes, powered by coal.

UPowr recently welcomed ARENA funding to explore how customer insights can be used in the design of battery orchestration programs to increase customer willingness to participate in them.

The $446,000 grant from ARENA will support UPowr in exploring one of the most pressing challenges the electricity grid is facing—supporting solar uptake while keeping the broader electricity grid stable.

The $943,155 project will develop a behavioural science based framework to guide the design and delivery of orchestration programs in Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia. The three-phase, 13-month project will blend research and demonstration to provide the energy industry with a framework for customer focused program design and delivery tested in-market.