Kristy Battista | 21 Dec 2022
Wow, it’s hard to believe 2022 is almost over. As a consequence of coming out of the blocks with all guns blazing after 2 years of COVID lockdowns, with a desire to live life harder and fuller than ever, this year has flown by.
To be completely honest, 2022 has felt harder than I thought it would. I had imagined a year filled with the euphoria of experiencing more of the aspects of life that bring colour, light and laughter, potentially even one of my best years yet. But in reality, I was exhausted from the past 2 years of surviving, which was hard personally and professionally. There was a flatness, a degree of despondence about the suffering that had occurred and is still occurring in the world.
Allume’s vision provides purpose
Focusing on my work at Allume Energy has contributed to healing that despondence. It provides me with an opportunity to contribute towards the world I want to see. It gives me purpose and a grounding to something greater during the darker days.
Allume’s vision is a world where everyone can access clean and affordable energy from the sun, specifically enabling access to rooftop solar for multi-dwelling buildings through our world-first technology, the SolShare.
More than 2M Australians, 15M Americans, and 300M Europeans live in low and medium rise apartment buildings, with the roof space for solar but no way of accessing it. With apartment residents having a lower average household income than their counterparts in stand-alone homes, and electricity rates rising dramatically, this section of the population are especially vulnerable to the skyrocketing cost of energy.
It is humbling to be a part of a solution that is changing lives for the better. And we’ve only just begun.
Healing has led to hope
As we end the year, the darkness is dissipating replaced by glimmers of sunshine and hope, and that familiar feeling of a fire in the belly.
At Allume we have ambitious goals that require us to scale mountains.
Taking an opportunity to zoom out reminds me of everything we have achieved in 2022, and it’s huge:
- SolShare installations in 5 countries! Wow! Australia, New Zealand, USA, England and Wales
- More than 1500 apartments connected to solar
- $16M raised in seed-series A fundraising rounds
- Revenue more than doubling year on year
- An exciting market and customer informed technology roadmap
- 13 new team members, taking the Allume head count to 36
- A high-performing, inclusive, fun, values-driven culture that holds the team together through the challenges
- Awards including:
- Victorian Climate Champion Award Winner (2022)
- AFR Sustainability Leaders list (2022)
- EIC Best Innovation – Electricity in the UK (2022)
On behalf of the Allume Energy team, and with heartfelt gratitude, I want to acknowledge all of our customers, our investors, our partners, our supporters, our cheerleaders and all those around the world that are contributing to a greener more equitable future for all.
I hope you can all take some time to celebrate, to reflect, to enjoy, to dream, to rest and to love this beautiful world we get the privilege to inhabit and care for.