Our Story

 

SunTenants was founded by Dr Bjorn Sturmberg with the support of the Sidney Myer Fund. Dr Sturmberg has a PhD in physics from the University of Sydney, where his research into improving solar cell efficiency was awarded funding from the Australian Renewable Energy Agency. 

While completing his PhD, Dr Sturmberg spearheaded the first installation of a solar and storage system in an Australian apartment. This multi-award winning system now supplies the 40 low-income residents of Stucco Co-operative with the majority of their energy and has slashed their bills by half.

The Stucco project highlighted the inequity of rentals being locked out of the solar revolution that is sweeping across Australia’s owner-occupier properties, over 1.7 million of which have solar. This exclusion is holding back Australia's transition to a sustainable future and leaves tenants exposed to skyrocketing electricity prices that are driving soaring levels of energy poverty.

Motivated and informed by the success of the Stucco project, Dr Sturmberg founded SunTenants as a for-purpose social enterprise that is unlocking the vast solar potential of Australia’s rentals, delivering great outcomes and experiences for everyone: property owners, tenants, and property managers.

Our story has just begun, signup to help solar power our rentals!

Dr Bjorn Sturmberg and Stucco President Sarah King amongst Stucco's solar panels. Photo: Katherine Griffiths, City of Sydney

Dr Bjorn Sturmberg and Stucco President Sarah King amongst Stucco's solar panels.

Photo: Katherine Griffiths, City of Sydney

Our Mission

Unlock the potential of Australia's rentals to generate returns for Owners, savings for Tenants and transition Australia to an affordable, clean energy future.

 

 
 

Our Values

 

SHARING

Sharing is what it's all about!

We share the value of solar between Owners and Tenants, and share the value of our business with our partners and Property Managers.

INDEPENDENCE

Our sole commitment is to creating value for our customers!

We're totally independent of energy companies or governments.

FOR-PURPOSE

We're driven by a purpose: to power all Australian properties with affordable and clean solar.

We're a lean social enterprise whose low overheads maximises the value for Owners and Tenants.

TRANSPARENCY

Transparency builds trust! 

We keep Owners and Tenants informed of their investment and energy use with easy to understand data.

 

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Our Partners

http://myerfoundation.org.au/