Can I buy out the system under this contract?

Yes. We understand circumstances change, which is why our contract offers flexible exit options.  One of these is a buyout clause.  The buyout fee reduces annually over 10 years from $12,500 to zero at the end.  During that time – your system is fully maintained and serviced and working to save you money. With an opportunity to help your local community, as well as the future of the planet, why would you ever consider going back to traditional climate harming energy sources?

Can I exit the contract?

Yes. We understand circumstances change, which is why our contract offers flexible exit options.  In addition to our buyout clause, our contract is fully transferable to the new owners if the property is sold. More information in relation to our exit clauses is fully detailed in the contract documents.

What will happen if I stop paying the $36.50 per week?

Firstly, please contact us if you’d like to discuss your options. The contract document clearly details the procedure that will be taken to manage non-payment including parameters for significant life events.

If there is not a significant life event and you have simply decided to stop paying, Starling Energy Group can virtually disable your inverter from providing you with renewable energy. The inverter and battery will also be removed from the house.

I’ve lost my job and I’m having trouble paying my bills. What can I do?

As part of our company values of community first, we have set up a Utilities Support Fund to help participants in financial hardship.

Payments are paid to help prevent delinquency on the contract agreement. Once you are back on your feet, you will be required to pay the total amount paid back to the Utilities Support Fund so other participants can use it when needed.

You should contact your community energy team as soon as you know you will have difficulty making payments.

I’m renting, can I sign up?

Absolutely. You will need to seek permission from the homeowner for their approval to have the system installed.

The homeowner will need to have their name on the contract, as they will need to continue to make weekly payments if you decide to move out. The homeowner can simply increase your rent by $36.50 per week.

What happens if I sell my house or business?

We would encourage the payment of the system will be included in the total selling price, so the new owners can take over the remainder of the contract agreement. Otherwise the system can be bought out at the point of selling your home.

If you’re looking at setting up Plico Energy at your new home or business premises, please contact us to discuss your options.

When do you start paying $36.50 per week?

You begin your direct debit payments once the Plico System is ready to be installed to your home or business.

All registrations require a $292 up-front fee, two months advance payment, which is required at the time of signing the Plico Energy contract.  If for any reason your installation does not eventuate, your $292 will be refunded.

This is not an additional cost and it is not a bond; it is simply to ensure future payments do not fall behind and to cover administrative costs.

What do I get as a Plico member?

Each standard installation* includes:

  • 5KVA Redback Inverter System
  • 6.6kW Suntech 275w Solar PV (Photovoltaics) Panels
  • 7.2 kW Pylontech (LiFePo4) Battery

As part of your package, you will also receive:

  • Equipment installation
  • Maintenance and repairs
  • Upgrades (as required)
  • Operation Centre monitoring and advice
  • Ongoing education on energy use
  • Access to the Redback Energy Portal (desktop and smart device)
  • Contribution towards Community Fund Projects

How can I get involved?

We’re currently accepting members to the Plico movement – building a community-owned, battery-driven Virtual Power Plant. Depending on numbers, we expect installations to commence roll out from Spring 2019.  Currently, we have over 50 pilot systems installed across WA.

Once you have joined the movement, our Plico people will be in contact with the next steps.  If you are ready to get started, simply head over and complete this form.  This kicks off the process and once submitted, a contract will be sent for your review.

Is there any risk of bankruptcy?

As opposed to other projects with varying levels of debt finance, Plico Energy is based on equity funding from our investor SUSI. Therefore, it is unlikely that our movement will run into difficulty.

This is because equity funding is paid in dividends and can only be paid in any year by CEPCO when sufficient funds are available.

Plico Energy will continue to be reviewed by a Board of Directors and subject to normal Australian accounting and governance principles. As a result, we have established an accountable and transparent structure with clear responsibilities to the consumer as well as our Investor.


Do you have a maximum sign-up number?

In short, no. There is no physical cap with both SUSI and Starling Energy Group providing a strong financial structure to ensure the movement is very scalable and not dependent on local subsidies or conditions.

I don’t live in Dunsborough or Yallingup, can I still sign up?

Yes, we are now accepting households and businesses throughout the Perth metro area and the South West.  Our project kicked off in Dunsborough and we are now expanding across the state with ops centres in Dunsborough and Perth.