School children playing in front of school solar installation

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

How CORENA 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 organisations 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. From 1/7/22, up to 20% of loan repayments will be set aside to help cover the cost of increasing our project delivery capacity.

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 $433 towards overall project costs to date.

Together we have funded 50 projects that reduce community carbon emissions since 2013.

[Charts current as of 3 April 2023]

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 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.

Recently funded projects

Project 51 – Manjimup Community Resource Centre

Manjimup Community Resource Centre provides access to Government Services, room hire and administrative services for the Manjimup Community. Their 15kW solar installation will include a monitor that measures the centre’s energy use alongside energy produced by the solar panels. This will allow the centre to adjust their energy use to maximise the use of their solar energy and minimise carbon emissions and costs even further.

Manjimup CRC

Project 50. Believe Housing/AnglicareSA

This project will install 13 solar systems on community housing for tenants who are experiencing significant cost of living pressures. The installation will include a Pulse® home monitoring system connected to a centralised monitoring and control system.

Believe Housing AnglicareSA Solar

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