CORENA is a not-for-profit group with nation-wide membership. It was incorporated on April 22, 2013, under the name Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia Incorporated. Our ABN is 92 929 665 880. Download our Constitution, Revised July1 2014. You can also view our 2016-17 annual report (includes financial statement and audit report).
We believe complete financial transparency is vital. View our June 30 2014 financial report. Audit reports are here and here. The 2014-15 audit report and financial statement are included in our 2014-15 annual report here. Ditto for 2015-16 here. All donations to solar projects can be seen in the honour rolls on the project pages, and expenditure on solar projects can be seen in the work details tables under Funded Projects.
The CORENA Inc committee members take care of administrative tasks on a voluntary basis. They are Michael Benson, Paul Harris (Treasurer), Margaret Hender (Chair), Michael Kubler (Secretary), Corinna Pereira, John Rolls (Deputy Chair), Heather Smith, and Wayne Stanford. Meetings are held in Adelaide, but we keep in touch with members in other states and territories, and receive their input, via e-news, email, and a members’ Facebook group.
See members of our Public Fund Management Committee and advisors below. These people advise us and approve expenditure on all projects.
We also have National Sub-committee members who represent us outside SA. They are Karina Themis (Vic), Bill Gresham (ACT), Gaby Jung (Tas), Jacinta Green (NSW), and Michael O’Connell (Vic).
In April 2016 the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts added our Public Fund, Citizens Own Renewable Energy Network Australia Fund, to the list of environmental funds granted tax deductible donation status. Accordingly, donations of $2 or more to either the Quick Win or Big Win projects are now tax deductible.
Monica Oliphant OA – Patron of CORENA
Monica was recognised in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for distinguished service to the renewable energy sector as a research scientist, particularly through pioneering roles in solar photovoltaics and power generation, and to national and international organisations.
Monica runs her own Consultancy, “Monica Oliphant Research Scientist; specialising in Residential Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy”. She was President of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES) 2008/09.
Monica is an Adjunct A/Professor at the University of South Australia in the Sustainable Energy Centre and is also an Adj A/Prof at the Flinders University of South Australia and Charles Darwin University. She worked as a Principal Research Scientist for 18 years at the former SA electricity Utility, ETSA, and has participated on a number of Australian Federal and State Government Committees, the main ones being the 2003 MRET Review, Board Member of the South Australian Premier’s Round Table in Sustainability, RenewablesSA, and the CSIRO Energy Transformed Flagship.
In recent times regular trips have been made to China and Monica is a Senior Advisor for IEEPA (International Energy Conservation, Environmental Protection Association, Beijing) and the UNIDO International Solar Energy Centre for Technology Promotion and Transfer, Lanzhou.
She won the Ecogen 2011 Award for the “Most Outstanding Contribution to the Clean Energy Industry” and in 2012 was awarded the World Renewable Energy Network Pioneer Award at the World Renewable Energy Forum in Denver, Colorado and was inducted into the Australian Solar Council Hall of Fame.
Graham Davies, M.Eng, CPEng, MIEAust, NPER, MAICD, MAIPM – Engineering and Project Management Advisor
Graham is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer with global experience in energy (including solar, wind and wave), infrastructure, transport, mining and manufacture. He has had senior leadership roles in the corporate sector as well as board positions in NFPs and small business, and is currently a director of Resonant Solutions. He has a keen focus on innovation and has 4 patents.
Graham has been a Project Director, Project Manager and Engineering Manager of $100M+ projects from early concept, through feasibility, design and construction to commissioning. Graham is very involved in Engineers Australia as deputy Chair of the Sustainable Engineering Society and a member of the SA Division Committee.
Graham is committed to sustainability and recognises that indefinite growth (economic and population) on a finite planet is not possible, and that our economy is entirely dependent on society, which is entirely dependent on the environment and energy.
He has published papers on becoming an economically strong, equitable and sustainable society where externalities (hidden costs such as emissions, adverse health impacts, environmental degradation, rehabilitation, pollution) are included in company financials; which would make fossil fuels simply uneconomic.
Ekkehard Groskreutz – Fund Management Committee member
With a degree in mechanical engineering (Dipl. Ing.) from Germany, Ekkehard brings his management experience from over 20 years in leading roles with Europe’s largest manufacturer of mining equipment. Since the establishment of his energy consultancy in 2001 and achieving Clean Energy Council accreditation (A311 986) in 2003 for the design and installation of grid connect and off grid renewable energy systems the focus has diversified from renewable energy generation to include all aspects of energy efficiency and sustainable energy engineering. The realisation that best results can be achieved by combining expert knowledge from a wide range of individuals and technologies is shaping the present form of structure and activities under the Eco Energy Holdings Group of companies which Ekkehard leads.
John Rolls – CORENA Deputy Chair and Fund Management Committee member
John is a physical scientist with a research degree in chemistry. He spent most of his professional life in the South Australian public service in various aspects of water resources management. He subsequently worked in Energy SA on various aspects of energy policy with particular reference to climate change response.
For many years his most active concerns have been anthropogenic climate change and energy efficient residential design. Since his retirement he has been an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University of South Australia’s Barbara Hardy Institute, where he investigates and writes about the psychological and other social barriers to societal response to climate change. He has been an active member of the environment movement in SA for many years, and is currently a Councillor for SA on Australian Conservation Council.
His roles with CORENA reflect a belief that governments have demonstrated a gross incapacity to adequately respond to climate change, and that ordinary citizens must increasingly take on that role in a practical sense.
David Lloyd – Fund Management Committee member
Until recently David was a lecturer in the School of Education, University of South Australia, in science, mathematics, and environment education. He is currently an Adjunct Research Fellow in the Barbara Hardy Centre for Sustainable Urban Environments. He is involved in The Old School Community Garden Inc., Stirling, and the Transition Adelaide Hills community groups. He is also an appointed member of the Adelaide Hills Council Sustainability Advisory Committee.
Margaret Hender – CORENA Chair & Fund Management Committee member
Developer of One Person Can project
DIY sustainability enthusiast
Simon Jones – Fund Management Committee member
Founding Member, Community Energy Adelaide Hills.
Board Member, Whale and Dolphin Conservation ( Australasia )
Board Member, Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium.
President, Adelaide Hills Artists Association.
Board Member, The Hut Community Centre.
Councillor, Mt. Lofty Ward and committees, Adelaide Hills Council. Lifetime activist with Greenpeace.
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