School children playing in front of school solar installation

CORENA is a non-profit volunteer-run organisation. Our powerful revolving fund enables all Australians to help tackle the climate emergency by donating to projects that reduce carbon emissions immediately.

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We are looking for a Chief Operating Officer and Digital Marketer to join CORENA in a paid capacity.

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How it works

Community organisations apply for zero-interest loans to pay for projects such as installing solar panels, improving energy efficiency, switching away from fossil gas use, or purchasing electric vehicles. The resultant savings on energy/fuel bills cover the loan repayments into our revolving fund. This means they can reduce their carbon footprint at no cost to themselves, and after their loan is fully repaid they reap the additional benefit of having lower operating costs.

We then invite everyone to chip in to help fund the project. We use those new donations and recent loan repayments from earlier projects to give a loan to cover the project costs.

CORENA project on-site donation tin

Chip in to help fund one of the projects below. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Graphic showing project types: solar, energy efficiency, getting off gas, and electric vehicles

Apply for a no-interest project loan to reduce your organisation’s carbon emissions.

Screenshot of 2020 CORENA AGM held via Zoom

We’d love your help! Become a member, volunteer, or help spread the word.

Alternatively supporters can set up a recurring weekly or monthly contribution and we will allocate your donation to whichever Quick Win climate project is next in line for funding at the time your contributions arrive.

Your donation does not just help fund one project. It will be used over and over again as loan repayments return your money to the revolving fund. A donation of $100 to our first project has already been re-used many times and has paid over $380 towards overall project costs to date.

Together we have funded 43 projects that reduce community carbon emissions since 2013.

[Charts current as of 30 July 2021]

Chart of financial project totals to July 30th, 2021
Chart of energy project totals to July 30th, 2021
* See ‘Houses’ details here

Your donations are powerful! They continue revolving and growing in impact forever. They enable community organisations to reduce carbon emissions at no cost to themselves. And we all receive the climate benefit.

Current projects

Project 44 – CC Steiner School

We already have enough ‘Coming soon’ funds for this project loan, but if you’d like to donate and have your contribution used for solar at this school rather than our next pending project, please click the button below and select ‘Central Coast Steiner School’ in the Donate form.

artist impression of new building at Central Coast Steiner School

Coming soon

Note: About half of the funds shown above will be used for Project 44, but the exact amount won’t be known until donations to Project 44 are closed.

Our first getting off gas project

We’re excited about our first project for replacing fossil gas use with efficient electric alternatives. We’ve been planning this for a while, but are still confirming the details.

Recently funded projects

Project 43 – Parkholme solar

This project is now fully funded using new donations made specifically to this project plus some of the ‘Coming soon’ funds.

Bar chart showing new donations and loan repayments used to fund Parkholme solar project

Photo of Walpole Community Child Care Centre

Project 42 – Walpole

The 3rd Community Resource Centre in WA to install solar PV thanks to generous donations by CORENA supporters.

Bar chart showing new donations and loan repayments used to fund Walpole CRC solar project
Photo of solar on the roof of the Walpole Community Resource Centre

Your impact so far…

We knew our revolving fund would mean that donated money would be used again and again, but even we were surprised when we analysed what happens in detail.

Go to the Impact Calculator to see how your impact has grown.

Cartoon explaining how the revolving fund works
Graph of Megawatt hours of grid electricity avoided to June 30th, 2021
[Current as of 30 July 2021]

Detailed data from Open NEM is available here.