School children playing in front of school solar installation

CORENA is a non-profit volunteer-run organisation. Our powerful revolving fund enables all Australians to help tackle the climate emergency by donating to projects that reduce carbon emissions immediately.

How it works

Community organisations apply for zero-interest loans to pay for projects such as installing solar panels, improving energy efficiency, switching away from fossil gas use, or purchasing electric vehicles. The resultant savings on energy/fuel bills cover the loan repayments into our revolving fund. This means they can reduce their carbon footprint at no cost to themselves, and after their loan is fully repaid they reap the additional benefit of having lower operating costs.

We then invite everyone to chip in to help fund the project. We use those new donations and recent loan repayments from earlier projects to give a loan to cover the project costs.

CORENA project on-site donation tin

Chip in to help fund one of the projects below. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Graphic showing project types: solar, energy efficiency, getting off gas, and electric vehicles

Apply for a no-interest project loan to reduce your organisation’s carbon emissions.

Screenshot of 2020 CORENA AGM held via Zoom

We’d love your help! Become a member, volunteer, or help spread the word.

Alternatively you can set up a recurring weekly or monthly contribution and we will allocate your donation to whichever Quick Win climate project is next in line for funding at the time your contributions arrive.

Your donation does not just help fund one project. It will be used over and over again as loan repayments return your money to the revolving fund. A donation of $100 to our first project has already been re-used many times and has paid over $390 towards overall project costs to date.

Together we have funded 43 projects that reduce community carbon emissions since 2013.

[Charts current as of 1 November 2021]

Chart of financial project totals to 1 November 2021
Chart showing total MWh to 1 Nov 2021
* See Houses details here

Your donations are powerful! They continue revolving and growing in impact forever. They enable community organisations to reduce carbon emissions at no cost to themselves. And we all receive the climate benefit.

Current projects

We currently have a number of potential new projects under discussion, including solar projects, our first getting of gas project, and a biogas project.

Under our ‘first in first used’ policy, all donations and loan repayments received up to 5 May 2021, including loan repayments previously allocated to the first getting off gas project, have now been given in loans to our funded projects.

We’re excited about our first project for replacing fossil gas use with efficient electric alternatives. We’re still confirming the details, but you can select either that or the more general ‘Coming soon’ option when you chip in to reduce carbon emissions via our climate projects.

Coming soon

Our first getting off gas project

Recently funded projects

Project 44 – CC Steiner School

Central Coast Steiner School will soon have a 99kW solar installation on their new building thanks to donations made specifically to this project plus earlier donations and loan repayments.

Progress bar showing $10,340.04 in new donations and $57,753.96 in loan repayments

artist impression of new building at Central Coast Steiner School

Project 43 – Parkholme solar

Parkholme Childcare Centre is now generating renewable electricity from its new solar installation thanks to new donations made specifically to this project plus some earlier donations and loan repayments.

Bar chart showing new donations and loan repayments used to fund Parkholme solar project

Solar installed on roof of Parkholme child care centre

Your impact so far…

We knew our revolving fund would mean that donated money would be used again and again, but even we were surprised when we analysed what happens in detail.

Go to the Impact Calculator to see how your impact has grown.

Cartoon explaining how the revolving fund works
Graph of Megawatt hours of grid electricity avoided to 1 November 2021
Current at 1 November 2021

Detailed data from Open NEM is available here.