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Nectr review

Nectr is an electricity retailer that offers some 100% renewable plans, with a focus on solar.

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CHOICE staff
CHOICE staff
Last updated: 07 April 2022

Nectr sells electricity to nearly 18,000 homes. It's certified carbon neutral, is investing in renewable energy infrastructure, and offers plans that are either 100% carbon neutral/offset or 100% GreenPower.

Nectr is a relatively new energy retailer established in 2019. It operates in New South Wales, South East Queensland, South Australia and the ACT, and also applied for a licence to sell electricity in Victoria in early 2022. This is currently being reviewed.

Nectr is a foreign-owned company backed by Hanwha Energy, which is part of the Hanwha Group based in South Korea. The Hanwha group has interests in aerospace, chemicals, finance, service and leisure, and solar energy

The energy branch of Hanwha is building two large solar farms in Australia, which it claims will generate enough power for 65,000 homes. It also supports Virtual Power Plant partnerships. This is essentially a cloud-based power management system that allows small storage systems to communicate as a single entity.

Its local offices and call centre are in North Sydney, New South Wales.

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CHOICE verdict on Nectr

Environmental

  • Nectr is certified carbon neutral and climate active.
  • It offers some 100% renewable/carbon offset electricity plans, solar tariff plans, and solar and battery bundles to customers.
  • Nectr also offers GreenPower plans (excluding South Australia).
  • Its parent company Hanwah is investing in renewable energy by building two large solar farms in Australia.
  • Though it's largely committed to ending coal use by 2030, Nectr still buys some energy from the open market, where coal dominates.

Customer service

  • 177 (1%) of Nectr's customers lodged complaints against the company in 2020–21.
  • 64% of calls made to Nectr are answered within 30 seconds.
  • The average wait time for a call is 47 seconds.
  • 9.8% of callers hang up before their call is answered according to 2020–21 AER customer service data. This is an improvement on 2019–20 performance where 26% of customers hung up.

Nectr's energy sources

Although Nectr offers some 100% renewable plans, it is not entirely transparent about its energy sources.

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