Category Archives: Quick Win Projects

42. Walpole CRC, WA

Project 42 – Walpole Community Resource Centre, WA

Walpole is a small isolated and somewhat remote town on the South Coast, on the border between the South West and Great Southern Regions of Western Australia, with a permanent resident population of less than 500. Walpole has, like the rest of the country, an ageing population where over sixty percent of the population is aged over 60 years. Due to the size and age of our community the Walpole CRC plays a vital role within the community.
They already have some funds to put towards a solar installation but not enough, so they’ve asked for our help.
Website: www.walpoleonline.com

Chip in to help fund solar for Walpole CRC in WA!

People contributing to Project 42

Loan amount: $12,500
Loan repayments: $750/qtr
Status: Current project
Installation date: February 2021 (TBC)

Work details

26.4 kW grid connect solar PV
80x JA solar 330 W split mono PERC solar panels
Fronius Symo 3 phase 10 kVA inverter
Total cost: $17,530, with $12,500 to be covered by a no-interest loan from CORENA
Expected savings: at least $750/qtr

41. Geelong Bowls Club, Vic

Project 41 – City of Geelong Bowls Club

The City of Geelong Bowls Club is the newest club in the Geelong Bowls Region and is the first and only undercover bowling green in the Geelong region. The new facility on Ballarat Road next to the Geelong Golf Club features two bowling rinks with one undercover. The clubhouse also features a bistro which is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, function rooms which can be booked for various functions, a retail Bowls shop and is the headquarters of the Geelong Bowls Region.

The City of Geelong Bowls Club is the result of a merger between two of Geelong’s oldest clubs; Geelong West and Drumcondra. The centre is home to the City of Geelong Bowls Club and also caters to residents of the Geelong Golf Links and surrounding suburbs in the form of social membership and barefoot bowling. It also caters to the Golf Club members and casual golfers.
Website: https://cityofgeelongbowlsclub.com.au/

Chip in to help fund solar for Geelong Bowls Club!

People contributing to Project 41

Loan amount: $92,000 (TBC)
Loan repayments: TBA
Status: Current project
Installation date: TBA

Work details

91.35kW Solar PV System
210 SunPower 400/440W/P19 Comm Solar Modules
4 Fronius Symo 20.0 Solar Inverter
1 Fronius Symo 10.0 Solar Inverter
1 Network Protection Device (Mains Pro)
1 Hopergy Premium Tilt Frame set at tilt angle of 10°
1 Supply and installation of Solar Analytics for the
measuring and monitoring of Consumption and Solar
Production.
Cost: $92,000 (TBC)
Expected savings: TBA

40. Abbeyfield, NSW

Project 40 – Abbeyfield Kooringal, NSW

The Abbeyfield Kooringal project will provide a 5.28kW solar photovoltaic installation for each of a group of six new 2-bedroom free-standing units, which have been designed to provide a safe, secure and affordable housing option for those living with an intellectual disability.

Project story…

The solar generation from this project will ease the cost of living pressures for the residents while reducing their environmental impact.

This project has been part-funded by a grant directly to Abbeyfield of $10,000 from Spark Infrastructure, the developers of the Bomen Solar Farm, with the CORENA interest-free loan covering the remainder of the project cost.

The Abbeyfield project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $33,636.50
Loan repayments: $1,500/quarter

Work details

31.68 kW solar PV (5.28kW on each of six units)
– 96 x 330w Jinko Cheetah JKM330M-60 Mono Crystalline Panels
– 96 x Enphase IQ7PLUS-72-2-INT 290w Microinverters – includes: Enphase Q-Cable, Q-Relay Enphase Field
Wireables & Dehn surge protection
– Enphase Envoy S-Metered Communications Gateway + DRM
– Tin Roof Rack & Rail Kit for 6×16 panel AC System
Cost: Total cost $43,636.50, assisted by CORENA loan of $33,636.50
Expected savings: 46,824kWh/year, approx $8,000/year
Installed 29 October 2020

39. Tarremah Steiner School, Tas

Project 39 – Tarremah Steiner School, Tas

This project for a 100kW solar installation for Tarremah Steiner School in Tasmania is a rather special project to help them become a model sustainability school, which has enthusiastic support from students and their community. Students are now encouraging other schools to follow suit.

Project story…

Originally funding was to be a joint effort with the school community raising funds to be donated directly to the school solar fund, and CORENA raising funds in tandem to provide an interest-free loan to cover the rest of the cost. However, due to COVID-19 impacts on the school, they were unable to proceed with local fundraising and so the CORENA loan covered the entire amount.

It took only 4 months to raise the $70,000 required for this project, but that was greatly assisted by a higher than usual proportion of loan repayments we received during that time from earlier projects.

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


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $70,000
Loan repayments: $4,000/quarter

Work details

99.99 kW solar PV system
303 JA Solar 330W panels
2 SMA STP50 Core 1 inverters
Cost: $70,861.56 + GST
Expected savings: $16,124/year, 124,000kWh/year

37. Ballina Byron Family Day Care, NSW

Project 37 – Ballina Byron Family Day Care, NSW

Ballina Byron Family Day Care believe in a nurturing, natural home environment to foster a warm and caring
relationship within an intimate small group. This non-profit community based Family Day Care Scheme is sponsored by a community based Management committee.
Website: https://fdcballinabyron.com.au/

Project story…

The 6.2kW of solar PV for this project was installed by: Light Touch Solar and Electrical, Byron Bay. They didn’t just install the system, but were a huge help in each stage of organising this project, making it one of our quickest and easiest projects ever.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Ballina-Byron FDC so far


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $9,952.82
Loan repayments: $553/quarter

Work details

19 x Winaico WST MS WST-325M6 panels
19 x Enphase IQ7PLUS-72-2-INT inverters
Tilt frames and other required products
Cost: $9,952.82
Expected savings: $2,190/year, 9,278kWh/year

36. Coorabell Hall, NSW

Project 36: Coorabell Hall, NSW

Coorabell Hall is a well-loved little country hall overlooking Byron Bay. It is volunteer-run for community, arts and cultural pursuits and has been providing a community meeting space for over 100 years.
http://coorabellhall.net/

Project story…

This project was funded in partnership with COREM (Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby). COREM established their own revolving fund some years back with CORENA offering to help co-fund their earliest project if they were having difficulty raising enough funds locally, but they’ve ended up managing a whole string of projects perfectly well without outside assistance. However, our revolving fund lent their revolving fund $5,000 to assist with the COREM’s recent solar project for the Coorabell Hall.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Coorabell Hall so far


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $5,000
Loan repayments: $416.70/quarter

Work details

– 10.5 kW, 35 x 300W Canadian Solar panels
– 8kW SunGrow single phase inverter
Cost: $9,500 with $5,000 of that covered by the CORENA loan
Expected savings: Average of 35kWh/day

35. Woonona Bulli, NSW

Project 35: Woonona Bulli School of Arts, NSW

The Woonona Bulli School of Arts provides venue space at heavily reduced rates to the local community. It operates as a hub for several creative groups who service dance, singing and yoga/pilates. It is also a registered charity and offers free venue hire for charitable fundraisers and educational workshops; along with annual sponsorships to local community groups. Its focus is on mental health and environmental awareness.
https://www.facebook.com/WBSOA/

Project story…

The buildings had a number of single phase supplies and shared tenancies. They had just been forced to upgrade their electrical supply and were in the midst of rethinking a number of old hot water systems and airconditioning units. CORENA came along at the right time to advise on making the most of a well-sized solar system and to keep using energy across the site efficiently.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Woonona Bulli School of Arts so far


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $10,180
Loan repayments: $424.17/quarter

Work details

– 6.6 kW system with consumption monitoring
– 19 x LG NeON2 350W panels
– 1 x SolarEdge HD Wave 5kW inverter
Cost: $10,180
Expected savings: 10,000kWh/year, $1,390/year

34. Woden Valley Child Care Centre, ACT

Project 34: Woden Valley Child Care Centre, ACT

WVCCC is a Community Based Non-Profit Child Care Center managed by a Parent Committee. WVCCC has been continuously operating since 1992 and is an approved service providing high quality care and education for children from 0 to 5 years old.

Project story…

Our revolving fund proves to be particularly powerful when we are fundraising for larger projects like this 31.2kW solar installation for Woden Valley CCC. Loan repayments from earlier completed projects covered almost 2/3 of the $38,744 cost of this solar project.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Woden Valley Child Care Centre so far


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $38,744
Loan repayments: $1,500/quarter

Work details

– 31.2 kW system with consumption monitoring
– 78 x LG NeON2 400W panels
– 1 x SolarEdge SE27.6K inverter with P850 optimisers
Cost: $38,744 (ex GST)
Expected savings: 45,000kWh/yr, $5,920/yr

33. Clunes Coronation Hall, NSW

Project 33: Clunes Coronation Hall, NSW

The Coronation Hall in Clunes is a community property managed by a committee of local residents.
The activities at the hall include meetings, weddings, celebrations, children’s disco, drama performances, music performances, swaps, Elders Xmas Dinner, gym classes, dance classes, yoga, garage sales, motorcycle and car rallies, Council meetings, and Xmas Carols.

Project story…

The success of an earlier CORENA solar project for a different hall in Clunes inspired the Coronation Hall committee to apply for a solar loan. They already knew exactly what to expect, making this project very easy for our project organisation team. Two large donations arrived just at that time, enabling this project to be fully funded in just 2 days.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Clunes Coronation Hall so far


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $9,353
Loan repayments: $420/quarter (the hall committee have elected to pay back more than the expected quarterly savings)

Work details

5kW solar PV:
– 17 of Enphase Q Cable – Portrait
– Enphase Envoy-S Metered + DRM
– Enphase Mobile Connect 3G
– 17 Enphase Energy IQ7PLUS-72-2-INT
– 17 WINAICO WSP-310M6
Cost: $9,353
Expected savings: $532/year, 6789 kWhr/year

32. Club Italia, Vic

Project 32: Club Italia, Geelong, Vic

Club Italia Geelong is a community based function centre with sporting facilities including competition ballroom dancing, teaching school students Italian traditional cooking, bocce and dancing, and entertainment for the elderly.
Website: http://www.clubitalia.com.au/

Project story…

This large 65kW solar installation was funded partly by Club Italia themselves, assisted by a $42,804 loan from CORENA. Even just the portion our loan funded (44.3kW) made this our biggest project yet, but loan repayments via our revolving fund covered just over half of the loan amount.

See what has been achieved via the CORENA loan to Club Italia Geelong so far


* The CO2 figures are very approximate. The subsequent projects assisted by funds originally donated to this project have been and continue to be implemented at widely different places and times at which different carbon intensity factors apply.

This project is now fully funded – Thank you!


Honour roll

Status: Funded project – loan repayment in progress
Loan amount: $42,804
Loan repayments: $3,500/quarter

Work details

65kW solar system
218 x 300 W Seraphim SRP-300-6MB solar panels,
2 x SolarEdge 27.6 kW inverters
109 x SolarEdge P600 optimisers;
Energy monitoring via SolarEdge Modbus Meter (generation) and 3 x CT Clamps (consumption)
Total cost: $62,804 (assisted by CORENA loan of $42,804)
Expected savings: 75,909 kWh/year, $14,204/year (from CORENA loan portion)