CORENA is not the only organisation funding solar projects via donations. We’re delighted to see donation-based solar funding is becoming a ‘thing’, and hope that a bit of mutual promotion will help all such projects succeed better than otherwise. We only have one atmosphere and one planet, so the more projects that succeed the better for everyone.
Help us keep this listing up to date! Please let us know if we have missed any community solar projects being funded via donation, or if any of the projects below need updating. Email updates to email@example.com
BREAZE – One Dollar for One Watt
Project: Solar for social housing, in partnership with Uniting Care Housing.
Aim: Solar for one house at a time, generally with 1.5kW per house
Target: $1,500 per house
Raised: On-going, one house at a time
To donate: https://www.givenow.com.au/onedollaronewatt
Projects: Community Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM) developed a revolving fund after being inspired and supported by CORENA. COREM has now fundraised to build 4 solar generation projects totalling 32 kW. They have several new projects in the pipeline. To find out more visit corem.org.au.
Blue Mountains Renewable Energy Co-op
Bendigo Sustainability Group (BSG)
Project: 11kW solar PV at Bendigo Discovery Centre
Target: $10,000 (the panels themselves are being donated – the $10,000 is for installation costs and an interactive monitoring and display system)
Raised: FULLY FUNDED
To check progress and chip in, see https://chuffed.org/project/solar-power-for-discovery
Note: Donations toward BSG projects are tax deductible.
Clean Energy for Eternity
Project: 30kW Tathra Community Solar Farm (In partnership with Bega Valley Shire Council Tathra treatment works, Tathra NSW)
Target: (CEFE component) $60,000
Raised: $45,000 (as of May 2015)
To chip in see http://cleanenergyforeternity.net.au/current-projects/imagine-solar-farm-project/
Donations to this project are tax deductible.
The People’s Solar
To check current projects and chip in, see http://www.thepeoplessolar.com.
RE-volv – California
RE-volv use a revolving fund model similar to CORENA’s Quick Win model, and have completed three solar PV projects. So far each project has been funded quickly, followed by a wait till the next project is ready.
Projects: Projects 4-6 are current
Targets: $59,110, $13,944, and $16,597
Raised: Check progress at http://www.re-volv.org/.