Heiko von Tschischwitz Lichtblick founded one of Germany’s first independent electricity providers in 1998. Meanwhile, the Hamburg-based company has established itself as large supplier of environment-friendly electricity. In late 2016, the energy pioneer realised “that in future, classic electricity suppliers would no longer be needed at all, if the service is offered on one platform and gives people an opportunity to generate electricity directly and trade it”. In autumn 2017, von Tschischwitz Lichtblick, Varena Junge and Andreas Riekhoff founded Enyway. The energy start-up is an online marketplace for environment-friendly electricity from the producer. The company now employs around 60 people. The first crowd-funding project, in which private individuals can help build a solar system starts on November 20, 2018 – from the size of a pizza box.
Blockchain to crowd funding solar system
Von Tschischwitz Lichtblick, CEO of Enyway, told Hamburg News: “We started out as a marketplace for fair electricity. We want to turn the anonymous electricity market into a place where people can do business with each other and shape the energy revolution together. Traditional energy suppliers will thus become superfluous, decentralised renewable energies will be strengthened and the energy market will be democratised.” The peer-to-peer platform brings together producers of solar power, wind energy and hydropower directly with consumers.
Enyway now wants to give interested parties an opportunity to “actively advance the energy revolution” by leasing solar modules and thus securing environment-friendly electricity at purchase price. Using blockchain technology, these are divided into virtual, tamper-proof, mini-packages to ensure that the electricity generated goes exclusively to the participating household. Panels the size of a pizza box (EUR 39) or a table tennis table (EUR 99) can be leased for a certain period of time. The crowd funding solar system thus targets tenants, who do not own their own home or do not have large assets, von Tschischwitz Lichtblick added.
Digital energy transition
“As part of our community efforts, several 10,000 people can participate in the construction of the plant,” he noted. The first solar plant is to be built in Hecklingen (Saxony-Anhalt) by spring 2019. It will have a module area of around 10,000 m2 and an output of 1.5 megawatts. Enyway will supply the remaining electricity required by the tenants at purchase price.
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