Grong Grong Solar Farm

For the future. And for right now.

Welcome to the
Grong Grong Solar Farm!

We’ve developed a ground-breaking solar investment model that allows all Australians’ to take advantage of our great sunshine. It’s time to take back the power on renewables!

Now you’re able to play a role in reducing Australia’s emissions and have the potential to earn returns on your investment, and the great news is you won’t even need more solar panels on your roof or millions of dollars to do it.

This transformative project uses community scale solar to demonstrate a future where renewable energy investment is everyone’s opportunity.

Be a part of the solution with Australia’s first equity crowdfunded solar farm. Our crowd equity round has been filled and is now closed on Birchal. However, you can still commit interest of investment for the event of allocation becoming available due to shareholding not being taken up.

,Interested? Register for our upcoming webinar to learn more.

Always consider the general CSF risk warning and offer document before investing.

Why invest?

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Solar opportunity
for everybody

Through Australia’s first crowd equity funded solar farm.

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Battery ready

Once the battery is funded and installed, it will play an active role in replacing coal power and reducing Australia’s emissions.

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As common
as farm sheds

The mid-scale, decentralised energy model is easily deployed, replicable and flexible.

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For the future, and for right now

Directly benefit from selling renewable power into the NSW grid and contribute to a future where renewable energy is everyone's opportunity.

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The right mix

Grong Grong Solar Farm combines community scale, location and return for people who want their investments to reflect their values.

people icon

Solar opportunity for all

Through Australia’s first crowd equity funded solar farm.

bars icon

Battery ready

Once the battery is funded and installed, it will play an active role in replacing coal power and reducing Australia’s emissions.

lightbulb icon

As common as farm sheds

The mid-scale, decentralised energy model is easily deployed, replicable and flexible.

lightbulb going up icon

For the future, and for right now

Directly benefit from selling renewable power into the NSW grid and contribute to a future where renewable energy is everyone's opportunity.

man holding a dollar sign icon

The right mix

Grong Grong Solar Farm combines community scale, location and return for people who want their investments to reflect their values.

About the
Grong Grong Solar Farm.

The Project
The Grong Grong Solar Farm is being developed by Komo Energy who partner with communities, landholders and businesses who want to invest in, develop and benefit from renewable energy. Komo Energy’s Directors, Jonathan Prendergast and Gerald Arends, have long-standing experience in renewable energy project development and believe that renewable investment opportunities should be open to everyone who wants to take a stand on climate change, not just big business and the wealthy.

The Industry
Solar energy generated approximately 10% of Australia’s electricity in 2020-21. Over 30% of households have rooftop solar, with a combined capacity exceeding 11 GW. Large-scale solar farms are on the rise, with 7 GW of generation connected to Australia’s electricity grid. But – for those who don’t have access to rooftop solar or large-scale projects with complex investments, community scale projects enable them to make a difference.

The Project
The Grong Grong Solar Farm project was developed by Komo Energy, a group that partners with communities, landholders and businesses who want to invest in, develop and benefit from renewable energy. Komo Energy’s Directors, Jonathan Prendergast and Gerald Arends, have long-standing experience in renewable energy and project development.

The Industry
Solar energy generated approximately 10% of Australia’s electricity in 2020-21. Over 30% of households have rooftop solar, with a combined capacity exceeding 11 GW. Large-scale solar farms are on the rise, with 7 GW of generation connected to Australia’s electricity grid. But – for those who don’t have access to rooftop solar or large-scale projects with complex investments, community scale projects enable them to make a difference.

Harvest energy - together.

Our Team

Jonathan Prendergast - Director

Komo Energy's Head of Energy Markets

Jonathan is a director of Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd and Komo Energy’s Head of Energy Markets. He is a project manager, engineer and procurement specialist recognised for his work at the forefront of renewable energy procurement strategies and business models.

With over twelve years’ experience in clean energy, Jonathan has extensive commercial and technical knowledge, having managed and advised on projects from feasibility through to implementation.

Jonathan consults to universities, renewable energy project developers, councils and property developers across Australia. His deep understanding of energy markets, contracts and procurement enables him to unlock new business models to deliver projects.
Jonathan has achieved several Australian first innovative energy projects, including the development of Australia’s first District Heating system, District Cooling Customer agreement and offsite solar PPA.

He is one of two Komo Energy Directors, a group that partners with communities, landholders and businesses who want to invest in, develop and benefit from renewable energy. Jonathan sees significant opportunity for more innovation in community scale projects, including innovative financing, PPAs and Micrgrids.

Jonathan is passionate about community, sports and the outdoors. Jonathan cofounded a local community energy group in the Sutherland Shire Sydney, Sunny Shire, which supports Shire families in the adoption of solar, storage, home energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Recently, Sunny Shire’s solar bulk buy enabled 200 shire families to get rooftop solar from local suppliers.

Jonathan also enjoys playing soccer, skiing and getting his young kids outdoors and enjoying nature.

 

Gerald Arends - Director

Gerald Arends - Director

Komo Energy's Head of Project Services

Gerald is a director of Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd  and Komo Energy’s Head of Project Services. He is a leading renewable energy lawyer, project developer and commercial advisor. For the past fourteen years he has worked almost exclusively in the solar industry in a variety of legal and commercial roles.

Gerald is passionate about pioneering projects in countries and in sectors where renewable energy is not yet firmly established. He has worked in renewables in over 30 countries, including all over Europe, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Japan. In the Philippines, he advised on the 132 MW Cadiz Solar Project, the largest of its kind in South-East Asia.

In Australia, advisory successes include the 20 MW Hughenden project in Queensland, the 112 MW Karadoc and the 106 MW Yatpool projects in Victoria, as well as the world leading Degrussa solar/battery integration project and the Agnew hybrid project.

Gerald is one of two directors at Komo Energy, a group that partners with communities, landholders and businesses who want to invest in, develop and benefit from renewable energy. In addition, he is a director of Pegasus Legal, advising on renewable energy projects.

Gerald is also a conference speaker, panellist and post-graduate teacher on topics relating to renewable energy.
While Gerald has significant experience working on large scale projects, he is passionate about building a better renewable industry and energy system with community scale energy.

When not working on renewables, Gerald spends time with his young kids teaching them the environmental benefits of cycling. He enjoys reading widely across current affairs, history, philosophy, politics and linguistics. Gerald has played the violin for most of his life and is both President and an active member of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.

News & Stories

Upcoming Events

Whenever we can, we like to do things in person.

Keep an eye on this page for our upcoming events, where we chat about all things, solar, sustainable and renewable.

Usually over some mouth-watering food and icy cold beverages.

Community

The Solar Garden

The Grong Grong Solar Farm will host Australia’s first solar garden – the Haystacks Solar Garden. This is a similar concept to a community garden, but instead of growing veggies, members harvest and receive the benefits from collectively funded renewable electricity.

Haystacks Solar Garden is for the 35% of Australians locked out of rooftop solar – whether they’re renters, apartment dwellers or shade seekers – they can now enjoy access to solar opportunity.

Working with the Local Community

We believe in a future where more community scale solar farms will lead to a brand-new industry sector, providing ongoing work opportunities for regional Australia.

Our aim is for the Grong Grong Solar Farm to contribute to the local economy by providing regional contracting and employment opportunities. So far, the project has engaged an excavator operator from Narrandera, drone pilot from Wagga Wagga, town planner from Cowra and property lawyer from Armidale and this is just the beginning.

If you are interested in employment or contracting opportunities for the project, please get in touch via this form https://komoenergy.activehosted.com/f/6 .

Frequently Asked Questions

You can invest once the raise is live for Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd via the Birchal page.

You can invest anywhere between $250 to $10,000 in Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd until the maximum amount is reached.

Crowd equity funding is regulated via federal government crowd sourced financing legislation.

There is no investment limit for sophisticated and wholesale investors.

If you want to invest more then $10,000, but are not a sophisticated or wholesale investor, please
do get in touch.


No. Returns for investors are via distribution of profits.

On bill credits are available for solar gardeners via the Haystacks Solar Garden.

No. Investing in Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd has no effect on or connection with how you buy electricity.

Solar gardeners in the Haystacks Solar Garden have to sign up with Enova to receive on-bill credits, but this is separate from investing in the Grong Grong Solar Farm.

Didn’t find what you were looking for? 

Jonathan Prendergast - Director

Head of Energy Marketing Strategy

Jonathan is a director of the Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd. He is a project manager, engineer and procurement specialist recognised for his work at the forefront of renewable energy procurement strategies and business models.

With over twelve years’ experience in clean energy, Jonathan has extensive commercial and technical knowledge, having managed and advised on projects from feasibility through to implementation.

Jonathan consults to universities, renewable energy project developers, councils and property developers across Australia. His deep understanding of energy markets, contracts and procurement enables him to unlock new business models to deliver projects. Jonathan has achieved several Australian first innovative energy projects, including the development of Australia’s first District Heating system, District Cooling Customer agreement and offsite solar PPA.

He is one of two Komo Energy Directors, a group that partners with communities, landholders and businesses who want to invest in, develop and benefit from renewable energy. Jonathan sees significant opportunity for more innovation in community scale projects, including innovative financing, PPAs and Micrgrids.

Jonathan is passionate about community, sports and the outdoors. Jonathan cofounded a local community energy group in the Sutherland Shire Sydney, Sunny Shire, which supports Shire families in the adoption of solar, storage, home energy efficiency and electric vehicles. Recently, Sunny Shire’s solar bulk buy enabled 200 shire families to get rooftop solar from local suppliers.

Jonathan also enjoys playing soccer, skiing and getting his young kids outdoors and enjoying nature.

Gerald Arends, Renewable Energy

Lawyer, Advisor, Entrepreneur and Educator

Gerald is a director of the Grong Grong Solar Farm Pty Ltd and manages the development and procurement for the project. He is a leading renewable energy lawyer and commercial advisor, and for the past fourteen years has worked almost exclusively in the solar industry in a variety of legal and commercial roles.

Gerald is passionate about pioneering projects in countries and in sectors where renewable energy is not yet firmly established. He has worked in renewables in over 30 countries, including all over Europe, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Japan. In the Philippines, he advised on the 132 MW Cadiz Solar Project, the largest of its kind in South-East Asia.

In Australia, advisory successes include the 20 MW Hughenden project in Queensland, the 112 MW Karadoc and the 106 MW Yatpool projects in Victoria, as well as the world leading Degrussa solar/battery integration project and the Agnew hybrid project.

Gerald is one of two directors at Komo Energy, a group that partners with communities, landholders and businesses who want to invest in, develop and benefit from renewable energy. In addition, he is a director of Pegasus Legal, advising on renewable energy projects.

Gerald is also a conference speaker, panellist and post-graduate teacher on topics relating to renewable energy.
While Gerald has significant experience working on large scale projects, he is passionate about building a better renewable industry and energy system with community scale energy.

When not working on renewables, Gerald spends time with his young kids teaching them the environmental benefits of cycling. He enjoys reading widely across current affairs, history, philosophy, politics and linguistics. Gerald has played the violin for most of his life and is both President and an active member of the Brisbane Symphony Orchestra.