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CORENA provides a practical and effective way for ‘the people’ to collectively fund new renewable energy installations NOW instead of just waiting on government action.

Australia has the technology for a rapid transition to 100% renewable energy. We also have plenty of people who want to ‘do something’ to achieve a safer climate and keep coal and gas in the ground. CORENA brings together these people and this technology via simple outside-the-box solar funding models that empower us all.

Our solar funding models enable all of us who want a rapid transition to renewable energy to chip in and collectively help pay for practical renewable energy projects. Small amounts of money from LOTS of people can reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions and, in conjunction with divestment, help eliminate the adverse health and environmental effects of coal and gas.

We receive, record, and transparently report voluntary contributions from the public. We spend that money on community energy projects based on expert advice on the most effective use of funds, and we report all expenditure.

We believe enough people already want more renewable energy for people-powered funding to be a game-changer. In September 2012, around 100 people participated in the Walk for Solar, walking the 320 km from Port Augusta to Adelaide in support of obtaining some government funding for solar thermal with storage at Port Augusta, SA. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.

In 2012, an impressive 735,000 households were demonstrating their support for renewable energy by paying extra to buy Green Power – in effect a donation to renewable energy, but with the money going to commercial projects. If that many households contribute an average of $8/week for just ONE year, we’d have $300 million to invest in community-owned solar projects! Or, if just 10,000 people chip in an average of $63 each to our Quick Win community project revolving seed funds, we’ll be able to keep funding solar installations and energy efficiency for community service organisations forever.

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Renewable Energy

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Modbury SA 5092

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March 2016

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Community Owned

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