The CORENA Fund provides interest-free loans to fund Quick Win projects (energy efficiency measures, solar PV, and/or solar hot water) at the premises of non-profit community organisations anywhere in Australia.
The broad selection criteria for providing a community Quick Win project loan are:
- you are a non-profit organisation providing some sort of service to the community
- you own or have predictable long-term use of your building(s)
- your roof is suitable for solar PV or solar hot water
- you use significant amounts of electricity during daylight hours, or a lot of hot water
- you are willing to help with local promotion of your community solar project
- you would otherwise be unable to afford a solar project
If that sounds like your organisation, please fill in and submit the online Expression of Interest form. Or, if you prefer, download the Expression of Interest form, save it to your computer, then fill in your details and email it back to us.
Example of energy costs for a non-profit with a CORENA loan
Click here to download the flyer at left as an A4 pdf if you want to print this information and take it along to a meeting of your committee or hand it to staff at your favourite local non-profit organisation.
Note re projects in SA
Due to a new network regulation that affects new solar PV installations for organisations that have a small business account and a 3-phase supply, we are currently restricting SA projects to solar hot water and/or energy effiency only. If you have a single-phase electricity supply, solar PV is still okay. For information about this network regulation, see here.
Click here to download the typical project workflow for a Quick Win project (above) as a pdf.
Feedback – From Heather Walch, Ravenshoe Community Centre, Qld, 11/9/17. This, our 6th Quick Win project, installed a 3.89kW solar system.
“We would like to thank CORENA for the opportunity to have an interest free loan to purchase our solar system. As an NGO this has made it easy and affordable and has made our running costs go down for the Community Centre.”
And from Sheryl Rasmussen, Centre Coordinator Ravenshoe Community Centre Inc on the occasion of completing payback of their CORENA solar loan:
Having the solar system has meant a reduction in electricity costs allowing more money to be spent on services and knowing that it reduces our carbon footprint is a great feeling.
Feedback – From Jill Cochram, Moss Vale Community Garden, NSW, 16/9/17 about our 8th Quick Win project installed in February 2016.
“With regular visits to our community garden from workshop attendees, open day participants, farmers’ market customers and school groups, we take every opportunity to show off our 3.7kW Quick Win solar energy system made possible by CORENA’s no-interest loan. Such a luxury to have a fridge, electric urn, lights, power tools and electric mower & whipper snipper powered by the sun after ten years without power on-site. Thankyou to all the team at CORENA for making this possible. It’s good to feel a part of the movement towards climate action.”