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21. CERES Environment Park, Vic

Quick Win project No. 21: CERES Environment Park, Vic

CERES Environment Park is an award winning, not for profit, sustainability centre located on a regenerated landfill site in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
CERES runs extensive environmental education programs both at the park and into the community: urban agriculture projects, sustainability technology demonstrations, and social enterprises including a grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket, and a permaculture nursery.
CERES was at the forefront of renewable energy in Melbourne. In 1993 there was a cutting edge grid-interactive hybrid power station that contributed about 25% of electricity needs. But with growth and aging of technology that contribution dropped significantly.
In 2017 CERES adopted a goal to be zero carbon emissions by 2025. It is important to walk the walk as well as talking the talk. The first strategies to achieve the goal are to reduce demand and to increase solar generation by utilizing existing roofs.
This new solar installation, assisted by CORENA, will be of great benefit in achieving the zero emissions goal and will be a resource for renewable energy education.

Chip in to help fund solar PV at CERES!

Note: CERES are planning not one but three new solar PV installations and we originally agreed to fund the 20kW installation for the Chook House. However, a very generous philanthropist has since offered to pay for the Chook House and Merri solar installations, so we are now going to fund the new 9.24kW installation on the Human Powered Classroom instead. We will also be lending CERES enough to cover the network protection equipment that will be required in order to enable such a large overall amount of solar PV.

People contributing to Project 21

Loan amount: $24,176 TBC
Loan repayments: Around $1,200/quarter TBC
Status: Current project
Installation date: TBA

Work details CostExpected savings
Human Powered Classroom: 9.24kW
28 x LG 330 NEON2 panels
10kW SolarEdge inverter
28 x P404 DC optimisers
$15,563Around $2,760/year
Around 13,800 kWh/year
Site specific costs:
Network protection equipment enabling this installation plus 2 others on other CERES buildings
Since this allows 3 solar installations to take place, assigning a value is tricky.

Landlord-tenant 3: Frances, Uralla, NSW

Funded Breakthrough: Landlord-tenant project 3 – Frances, Uralla, NSW

Z-NET Uralla provided a free home energy assessment for this residential rental premises and recommended the premises for one of our interest-free solar PV loans. In this particular case, additinal ceiling insulation is benig added and the tenant will pay an axtra $5/week in rent out of their savings on electricity bills.

Landlords who apply for a CORENA loan undertake to discuss our scheme with their tenants and to collect no more than half of the tenant’s savings on power bills via a small increase in rent. This is intended to split the benefit of the solar installation roughly equally between tenant and landlord.

System installed at the rental property:
1 x 3 kw Zever inverter
9 x 320 watt Canadian panels
1 x single phase metering net

Loan amount: $5,800.00
Installed 8/12/17
Payback term: 6 years
Repaid so far:


20. Coast FM Wynyard studio, Tas

Quick Win project No. 20: Coast FM Wynyard community radio studio, Tas

Coastal FM operates a professionally built studio complex in Wynyard with 3 transmitters covering the NW Coast of Tassie from Smithton to Launceston. It is a community radio station operated by a core of 12 on-air volunteer staff with an average age of 65 who provide 24/7 production for an approximate audience of 40-50,000 listeners for a variety of different programs. This Quick Win project is for solar PV for their radio studio at Wynyard.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!

People contributing to Project 20

2018-01-04Yack Health loan repayment (part)$224.55
2018-01-04Gaby JungTas$50.00
2018-01-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2018-01-04Coast FM transmitter solar loan repayment$400.00
2018-01-04Bill GreshamACT$218.00
2018-01-03Ravenshoe final loan repayment$160.00
2018-01-02Warradale loan repayment$761.00
2018-01-02Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2018-01-02Parkeholme loan repayment$400.00
2018-01-02Nannup loan repayment$900.00
(one panel)
2018-01-02Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2018-01-02Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2018-01-02Gaby JungTas$30.00
2018-01-02David CastlefordSA$10/week
2018-01-02Apprenticeships Qld loan repayment$2,400.00
2017-12-28Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-12-27Michael BensonSA$10/month
2017-12-27Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-12-27David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-12-27Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-12-22Ben EllistonACT$200.00
2017-12-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-12-18Tastex loan repayment$2,350.00
2017-12-18David HamiltonVic$450.00 (one panel)
2017-12-18Chris SimmonsSA$10/month

Loan amount: $9,712.00
Loan repayments: $450/quarter
Status: Funded project
Installation date: Feb 2018

Work details CostExpected savings
approx 7,300kWh/year
5.28kW solar installation:
16 x LG 330 watt NeOn2 panels
Solar Edge SE5000 5KW inverter (single phase)
16 x Solar Edge P350i Optimisers
DMS Solar Framing in 10 panel block
Cyclone Rated ColourBond Feet
300 KG Lift of rating
approx 7,300kWh/year

19. Clunes Old School Assoc, NSW

Quick Win project No. 19: Clunes Old School Association, NSW

The Clunes Old School Association manages the old school building at Clunes, near Lismore in NSW, as a local community centre for the benefit of the community. The grounds are open for public use, rooms are used for classes and events, and some are rented to local artisans and businesses.
Website: (but currently still under construction)

Click to chip in to Project 19

People contributing to Project 19

2017-12-18Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-12-18Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-12-18David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-12-18Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-12-18Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-12-15Moss Vale loan repayment$300.00
2017-12-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-12-14Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-12-14Xmas gift for Christine StanfordSA$50.00
2017-12-14Xmas gift for Marion StanfordSA$50.00
2017-12-14Xmas gift for Graham StanfordSA$50.00
2017-12-13Wendy HQld$100.00
2017-12-12Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-12-11Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-12-11David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-12-11Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-12-04Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-12-04David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-12-04Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-12-04Tim and Ros Collins (gift from Nick)SA$150.00
2017-12-04Dom and Dave White (gift from Nick)SA$150.00
2017-12-04Ken and Lee Emery (gift from Nick)SA$150.00
2017-12-04Nick CollinsSA$150.00
2017-12-04Hugh Mallen (compensating for flights)Vic$450.00 (one panel)
2017-12-04David GibsonACT$250/monthly
2017-12-04Craig & Caroline HindNSW$21.44
2017-12-01Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-11-30Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-11-28Loris Glass, winner of the silent auction at the Churchill eventSA$450 (one panel)
2017-11-27Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-11-27David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-11-27Michael BensonSA$10/month
2017-11-27Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-11-27Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-11-24Beechworth loan repayment$770.00
2017-11-20Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-11-20Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-11-20David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-11-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-11-17Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-11-16Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-11-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-11-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-11-13Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-11-13David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-11-13Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-11-13Pegasus loan repayment$320.00
2017-11-10Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-11-07Rhona Parker-Benton for Michael's birthdaySA$100.00
2017-11-06David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-11-06Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-11-06David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-11-06Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-11-02Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-11-02Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-10-30Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-10-30David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-10-27Michael BensonSA$10/month
2017-10-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-10-23Yack Health loan repayment$1,000.00
2017-10-23Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-10-23Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-10-23David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-10-23Camden loan repayment$673.00
2017-10-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-10-19Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-10-19Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-10-17Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-10-16Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-10-16Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-10-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-10-16David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-10-16Coast FM loan repayment$400.00
2017-10-11Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-10-10Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-10-09Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-10-09Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-10-09David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-10-05Warradale loan repayment$761.00
2017-10-05Parkeholme loan repayment$400.00
2017-10-05Fraser ArgueACT$169.00
Olimometer 2.52

Loan amount: $9,300
Loan repayments: $420/quarter
Status: Funded project
Installation date: January 2018

Work details CostExpected savings
approx 7,000kWh/year
4.875kW installation:
15 x Suntech STP325-24/VFW
15 x S270 Enphase Micro Inverters
1 x Envoy S Metered (Monitoring)
DPA Solar Roof Mount Racking
Three Phase Nett Meter
Complete Design & Installation
approx 7,000kWh/year

18. Mansfield Kindergarten, Vic

Quick Win project No. 17: Mansfield Kindergarten, Vic

Mansfield Kindergarten is a not for profit, community run organisation that has been providing quality early childhood education to our local families for the past 65 years. For many, the kindergarten is an introduction to the local community and there are very few in our small town who have not had direct or indirect involvement. The kindergarten’s program has a strong emphasis on the natural environment, with a highlight being the 4 year old Earth Kinder program. The provision of solar panels on the kindergarten building will greatly compliment the environmental and sustainable introduction given to our young students and families and will assist with the long term financial viability of this important organisation.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Mansfield Kindergarten so far

As of 30/03/18, the loan to Mansfield Kinder has achieved:

Project 18 kW (solar &/or
EE equivalent)
MWh to date
Approx* CO2
avoided to date
Dollar value
of achievement
At Mansfield Kinder 8.13 kW 4.72 MWh 4.72 t $12,750
At subsequent projects 0.00 kW 0.00 MWh 0.00 t $601
Total 8.13 kW 4.72 MWh 4.72 t $13,351

Install date: 10/11/17.
Number of days in operation: 140.

* Since the amount of CO2 avoided is highly dependent on the fuel source used for local grid electricity, and since each CORENA project is in a different location, we have used 1MWh = 1 tonne as a rough approximation across all projects.

Project 18 is now fully funded – Thank you!

People contributing to Project 18

2017-10-05Fraser ArgueACT$31.00 (+$169 to Project 19)
2017-10-05Margaret GaitaVic$500.00
2017-10-05Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-10-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-10-03Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-10-03Brimbank Bicycle loan repayment$550.00
2017-10-02David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-10-02Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-10-02R MonkVic$25.00
2017-10-02Ingo WeberSA$100/month
2017-10-02Nannup loan repayment$900.00
2017-09-27Michael BensonSA$10/month
2017-09-27Haley and John HarropVic$70.00
2017-09-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-09-25David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-09-25Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-09-25Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-09-21Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-09-20Tim KerslakeACT$2.17
2017-09-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-09-20Trev McDonaldVic$50.00
2017-09-18David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-09-18Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-09-18Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-09-18Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-09-18Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-09-15Moss Vale Loan repayment$300.00
2017-09-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-09-14Tim KerslakeACT$5.14
2017-09-13Kathleen and Greg MohrTas$30.00
2017-09-11David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-09-11Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-09-11Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-09-11Warwick StoneVic$49.15
2017-09-11Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-09-11Amanda, Kane and Ethan LovickVic$150.00
2017-09-11R MonkVic$25.00
2017-09-07Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-09-07Grunty Weetie, for BrunhildaNSW$25.00
2017-09-07Tastex loan repayment$1,500.00
2017-09-05small donor, MansfieldVic$50.00
2017-09-05Ravenshoe loan repayment$855.00
2017-09-04David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-09-04Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-09-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-09-04Helen KnightVic$100.00
2017-09-01Ingo WeberSA$100/month
2017-09-01Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-08-31Simon Norman$685.00
2017-08-28David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-08-28Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-08-28David Hamilton - 1 panelVic$450.00
2017-08-28Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-08-28Michael BensonSA$10/month
2017-08-28Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-08-25Beechworth 10th loan repayment$770.00
2017-08-24Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-08-21David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-08-21Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-08-21Lani WestcottNSW$34.31
2017-08-21David LloydSA$25/month
2017-08-18Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-08-17Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-08-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-08-15Ben EllistonACT$200.00
2017-08-15Pegasus loan repayment$320.00
2017-08-14David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-08-14Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-08-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-08-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-08-11Andrew Setchell and Laura CarterVic$450 (one panel)
2017-08-11Warwick StoneVic$49.15
2017-08-11Lani WestcottNSW$49.15
2017-08-11Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-08-10Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-08-07Robert ANSW$50.00
2017-08-07David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-08-07Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-08-04Margaret P-NewtonSA$250.00
2017-08-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-08-01Ingo WeberSA$100/month
2017-07-27Yack Health 4th loan repayment ($404.24 to P17)$595.76
Olimometer 2.52

Loan amount: $12,750
Loan repayments: $600/quarter
Status: Funded project
Installation date: 16/10/17

Loan repayments received so far:

Work details CostExpected savings
System size: 8.125kW
Solar Panels: 25 x LG Mono NeON2
325WMono panels
Inverter: Fronius FROSYMO8.2-3-M 3 phase inverter 8.2 KW
South Facing roof at an angle of approx. 30 degrees
North on tilt legs.
Switchboard rewiring.

17. Apprenticeships Queensland

Quick Win project No. 17: Apprenticeships Queensland

Apprenticeship Queensland (AQ) partners with AQ clients to meet their employment goals through a variety of services. AQ offer opportunities for apprentices and trainees across a broad range of vocational areas as well as recruitment and training solutions for AQ partner businesses.

AQ is a not-for-profit, community based company governed by a Board of Directors and currently employs several hundred apprentices, trainees and support staff.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Apprenticeships Queensland so far

As of 30/03/18, the loan to Apprentcieships Qld has achieved:

Project 17 kW (solar &/or
EE equivalent)
MWh to date
Approx* CO2
avoided to date
Dollar value
of achievement
At Apprentcieships Qld 30.00 kW 23.90 MWh 23.90 t $30,488
At subsequent projects 1.30 kW 0.00 MWh 0.00 t $2,399
Total 31.30 kW 23.90 MWh 23.90 t $32,887

Install date: 25/10/17.
Number of days in operation: 156.

* Since the amount of CO2 avoided is highly dependent on the fuel source used for local grid electricity, and since each CORENA project is in a different location, we have used 1MWh = 1 tonne as a rough approximation across all projects.

This project has been fully funded – Thank you!

People contributing to Project 17

2017-07-31Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-07-31David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-07-31Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-07-27Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-07-27Michael BensonSA$10.00 + marching $10
2017-07-27Yack Health 4th loan repayment ($595.76 in P18)$404.24
2017-07-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-07-24Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-07-24David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-07-24Camden 9th loan repayment$673.00
2017-07-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-07-19Peacock familySA$100.00 + matching $100
2017-07-18Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-07-17Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-07-17David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-07-17Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-07-17Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-07-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-07-13Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-07-11Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-07-10Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-07-10David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-07-10Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-07-07Warradale loan repayment$761.00
2017-07-07Parkeholme loan repayment$400.00
2017-07-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-07-04Brimbank Bicycle 1st loan repayment$550.00
2017-07-03Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-07-03David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-07-03Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-07-03Julie FussSA$14.53 + matching $15
2017-07-03Kate ReadNSW$300.00 + matching $200
2017-07-03Nannup 8th loan repayment$900.00
2017-06-30JR - for JosephSA$200.00 + matching $200
2017-06-29Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-06-27Greens MPs (compensating for flight emissions$1,600.00
2017-06-27Michael BensonSA$10.00 + marching $10
2017-06-27DaneTas$100.00 + matching $100
2017-06-27PBQld$200.00 + mathing $200
2017-06-26Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-06-26David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-06-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-06-22Karen HamiltonSA$50.00 + matching $50
2017-06-22Matthew CurnowSA$20.00 + matching $20
2017-06-21Pandimensional Pty LtdQld$1,000.00 + matching $200
2017-06-21Fraser ArgueACT$200 + matching $200
2017-06-20CRSA$200.00 + matching $200
2017-06-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-06-19Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-06-19David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-06-19Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-06-19Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-06-19R MonkVic$25.00 + matching $25
2017-06-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-06-16Tastex 2nd loan repayment$2,000.00
2017-06-15Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-06-15Moss Vale 6th loan repayment$300.00
2017-06-14Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-06-12Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-06-12David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-06-12Wayne StanfordSA$200 + matching $200
2017-06-12Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-06-12Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-06-07PBQld$200 + matching $200
2017-06-07Ravenshoe 7th loan repayment$855.00
2017-06-06TRSA$200 + matching $200
2017-06-05Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-06-05David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-06-05David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-06-05Fraser Argue - compensation for flight emissionsACT$500 + matching $200
2017-06-01Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-06-01Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-06-01Ben EllistonACT$200.00 + matching $200
2017-05-29Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-05-29David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-05-29Tim KerslakeACT$2.67 + matching $3
2017-05-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-05-26Beechworth 9th loan repayment$770.00
2017-05-22Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-05-22David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-05-22David LloydSA$25/month
2017-05-22Chris BarrattSA$100 + matching $100
2017-05-22InterchangeQld$100 + matching $100
2017-05-18Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-05-18Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-05-17Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-05-16Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-05-16David HamiltonVic$200 + matching $200
2017-05-15Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-05-15David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-05-15Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-05-15Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-05-15Paul NSA$78.82 + matching $80
2017-05-15Michael DwyerSA$19.48 + matching $20
2017-05-15Dave ClarkeSA$200 + matching $200
2017-05-15Bill GreshamACT$200 + matching $200
2017-05-12PB on behalf of friendQld$200.00 + matching $200
2017-05-11Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-05-10Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-05-08PBQld$100.00 + matching $100
2017-05-08Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-05-08David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-05-08Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-05-08Pegasus loan repayment$320.00
2017-05-04Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-05-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-05-03michael - one panelNSW$450.00
(1 panel)
2017-05-01Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-05-01David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-05-01Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-05-01Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-05-01David, KingsvilleVic$100.00
2017-05-01Greens MPs (compensating for flight emissions$1,600.00
2017-04-27Penelope ClarkTas$49.15
2017-04-26Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-04-24Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-04-24David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-04-24Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-04-24Jean Pierre Redestorff$19.48/month
2017-04-24Camden 8th loan repayment$673.00
2017-04-20Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-04-20David LloydSA$25/month
2017-04-18Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-04-18David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-04-18Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-04-18Jonathan MaddoxNSW$50/month
2017-04-18Jonathan PrendergastNSW$5/month
2017-04-18Wendy HQld$100.00
2017-04-18David HamiltonVic$200.00
2017-04-18Tom HuntNSW$100.00
2017-04-18Peacock familySA$100.00
2017-04-18Chris SimmonsSA$10/month
2017-04-11Char GraingerVic$20/month
2017-04-10Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-04-10David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-04-10Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-04-10Warwick StoneVic$49.15/month
2017-04-07Warradale loan repayment$761.00
2017-04-07Parkeholme loan repayment$400.00
2017-04-07Yack Health loan repayment$1,000.00
2017-04-06Wayne StanfordSA$30/fortnight
2017-04-04David GibsonACT$250/month
2017-04-04Tim HartleyVic$50/month
2017-04-03Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-04-03David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-04-03Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-04-03Nannup 7th loan repayment$900.00
2017-03-30Tim KerslakeACT$4.64
2017-03-282nd loan repayment from Kulchajam (QWP 13)$450.00
2017-03-27Laquorious DeeSA$20/week
2017-03-27David CastlefordSA$10/week
2017-03-27Peter WadeQld$20/week
2017-03-27Anton MaurusVic$35/month
2017-03-23Christine AndersonSA$500.00
2017-03-23Gift for Monica AhnNSW$100.00
2017-03-23Wayne StanfordSA$17.27
Olimometer 2.52

Loan amount: $30,488
Loan repayments: $2,400/quarter
Status: Funded project
Installation date: 11/09/2017

Loan repayments received so far:

Work details CostExpected savings
Totals:$33,53755,925 kWh/year
System size: 38.08 kW
Solar panels: 136 x Q-CELLS Q.Prime 280W Inverters: 2 x Fronius Symo 15kW
Racking: Clenergy Solar monitoring
AGL Solar Command
$30,488 + GST55,925 kWh/year

Current breakthrough projects

Breakthrough projects: Landlord-tenant scheme

We are partnering with Z-NET Uralla on a truly ground-breaking funding model intended to break the ‘split benefit’ impasse that generally makes solar PV and energy efficiency measures close to impossible for most rented premises.

We offer an interest-free loan to the landlord for solar PV and/or energy efficiency improvements on the undertaking that they will raise their rent by no more than half of what the tenant will save on power bills, so both tenant and landlord benefit.

As loan repayments come back in to our Big Win revolving fund they will help pay for future projects.

Big Win contributions from 1/1/2018 onwards

See the honour roll on the main Big Win Projects page for earlier donations to the Big Win projects.

We have already funded solar installations for two Uralla rental properties and a community generator project with Enova. The progress thermometer above shows how much we have remaining for future landlord-tenant scheme loans, and we plan to do more as soon as the ZNET Uralla team complete their free home energy assessments of other local rented premises. Please chip in so we can expand this breakthrough landlord-tenant scheme!


Landlord-tenant 2: Trish, Uralla, NSW

Funded Breakthrough: Landlord-tenant project 2 – Trish, Uralla, NSW

Z-NET Uralla provided a free home energy assessment for this residential rental premises and recommended the premises for one of our interest-free solar PV loans. The landlord has already completed all recommended energy efficiency improvements.

Landlords who apply for a CORENA loan undertake to discuss our scheme with their tenants and to collect no more than half of the tenant’s savings on power bills via a small increase in rent. This is intended to split the benefit of the solar installation roughly equally between tenant and landlord. In this particular case, the premises are currently vacant and the landlord intends to ask future tenants for $5/week more in rent than they would pay without the solar installation.

System installed at the rental property:
4.2kW solar PV
15 x REC 280W twin peak panels
1 x Solar Edge SE5000 inverter
15 x DC optimisers

Loan amount: $8,744.80
Installed 19/7/17
Payback term: 6 years
Repaid so far:


Landlord-tenant 1: Albert, Uralla, NSW

Funded Breakthrough: Landlord-tenant project 1 – Albert, Uralla, NSW

Z-NET Uralla provided a free home energy assessment for this residential rental premises and recommended the premises for one of our interest-free solar PV loans. The landlord intends to improve insulation in addition to installing solar PV.

Landlords who apply for a CORENA loan undertake to discuss our scheme with their tenants and to collect no more than half of the tenant’s savings on power bills via a small increase in rent. This is intended to split the benefit of the solar installation roughly equally between tenant and landlord. In this particular case, the landlord is not asking the current tenant for any rent increase, but can expect to charge a slightly higher rent to future tenants.

System installed at the rental property:
4.62 kWp
14 x LG 330 Watt panels
SMA SB5.0-1AV-inverter
Clenergy EZ-Rack (incl. lift legs)

Loan amount: $8,710.00
Install date: 5/7/17
Payback term: 6 years
Repaid so far:


Enova Community Generator

Funded Breakthrough project: Enova Community generator

In collaboration with CORENA, the Enova Community non-profit arm of Enova is installing 18kW of solar PV on their roof, with all the output to be exported to the grid and bought by the Enova retailer to sell to their customers. This is owned by Enova Community rather than CORENA, but is a first-of-kind project that would not have been possible without the interest-free loan from the Big Win funds. Our loan will be fully repaid in five years, and as repayments come in that money will be used again for other projects.

System installed on the roof of Enova Energy:
18kw Grid Connect Micro Inverter Solar System
60 x Trina 300 watt solar panels
60 x Enphase S270 micro-Inverters

Loan amount: $19,631
Payback term: 5 years
Repaid so far:

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