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 so they are never out of pocket, and after their loan is fully repaid their savings make it easier to provide services to the community.

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

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

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

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

Another option is to 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 $380 towards overall project costs to date.

Together we have funded 42 projects that reduce community carbon emissions since 2013.

Chart of financial donations and loans as of May 25, 2021
Chart of energy funded and saved as of May 25, 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

Project 44: Coming soon

We’re not sure what our next project is yet. Please get in touch if your organisation would like an interest-free loan for a project that will reduce your carbon emissions!

Project 43: Getting off gas

We’re excited about our first project for replacing fossil gas use with efficient electric alternatives. We’ve been planning this for a while, but are still confirming the details.

Recently funded projects

Project 41 – Geelong

A huge 89kW solar project for Geelong Bowls Club is now fully funded and was installed in April 2021.

Project 42 – Walpole

The 3rd Community Resource Centre in WA to install solar PV thanks to generous donations by CORENA supporters.

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.

Graph of Megawatt hours of grid electricity avoided to June 2nd, 2021

Detailed data from Open NEM is available here.