Advancing Renewables Programme

The Advancing Renewables Programme supports a broad range of development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects that have the potential to lower the cost and increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia in the long term.

Objective and outcomes

The programme’s objective is to fund activities that contribute to one or more of the following outcomes:

  • reduction in the cost of renewable energy
  • increase in the value delivered by renewable energy
  • improvement in technology readiness and commercial readiness of renewable energy
  • reduction in or removal of barriers to renewable energy uptake
  • increased skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.

Large-scale solar photovoltaics – competitive round

The large-scale solar PV competitive round aims to support further cost reduction in large-scale solar PV. ARENA has allocated $100 million to support large-scale solar PV projects selected through the round.

Eligible activities

To qualify for funding under this programme, activities must meet the eligibility and merit criteria outlined in the Programme Guidelines, and either involve a renewable energy technology or methods including desktop studies and analysis that have the potential to contribute to the programme outcomes.

The renewable energy technologies may include hybrid technologies and technologies that are related to renewable energy technologies (including enabling technologies).

Applicants need to be incorporated under the Corporations Act (Cth) unless they are applying for funding for desktop studies and analysis that do not include research (TRL 1-3). Unincorporated entities such as universities and not-for-profits can also partner with an incorporated entity to help deliver a pilot, demonstration or pre-commercial deployment activity, where this activity is led by the incorporated entity.

How to apply

  1. Read the Programme Guidelines (PDF 2MB) | (DOCX 226KB)
  2. Read our investment focus areas to check how well your project aligns
  3. Contact ARENA at or 1800 804 847 to discuss your proposal
  4. Submit your proposal via ARENANet.

Guidance documents

Application attachments