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About ARENA

Our expertise, deep understanding of the renewable energy sector and our willingness to fund innovative and ground-breaking projects mean we provide a pathway to commercialisation for many new technologies and businesses that would otherwise struggle to get off the ground or be potentially lost to overseas markets. We help them get on with the business of renewables.

At ARENA, we also actively identify and troubleshoot issues arising from the energy transition – from technological and commercial issues to regulatory and market barriers, and provide funding for projects that help solve these issues.

We undertake research and inform policy decisions, we bring together people from across the energy sector, government, startups and universities to collaborate with one another, and share their knowledge.

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ARENA at a Glance

Infographic - The scale of our investment nationally since 2012

Australiam map iconARENA and $1.58B invested, 538 projects, $5.96B value.

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Report - Evaluation of ARENA’s impact and effectiveness

Australia map iconOur objectives under the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011

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Brochure - Investing in regional Australia

Australia map iconA snapshot of our work in regional Australia.

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Timeline

Scroll through our interactive timeline to view our achievements.

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ARENA Australian Renewable Energy Agency

$278 million committed to 48 projects

Solar

$85.2 million committed to 14 projects

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Launched the R&D Program
• ANU developed solar cells using nanoparticles that generate more electrical current than thin-film cells

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$399.8 million transferred to ARENA across 96 projects

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• Inaugural CEO, Ivor Frischknecht, appointed
• Managed a portfolio of more than 150 projects valued at $1.1 billion
Launched four major initiatives totalling $560 million (I-RAR, CARRE, ASCI, SHARE)1
• Catalysed the creation of the large scale solar industry by providing $268 m to build a combined capacity of 211 MWAC across three solar farms

2012
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ARENA Act commenced providing ARENA with $2.5 billion in funding to invest until 2022

• Absorbs Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) and the Australian Solar Institute (ASI), which includes the ERP, REVC Fund, ABIR Program, Gen 2 Biofuels Program, ACAP, ASTRI and Solar Flagships Program2
• Commits $824m to projects under programs absorbed (above)

2011
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1. I-RAR – Regional Australia’s Renewables Industry Program, ASCI – Accelerated Step Change Initiative, CARRE – Regional Australia’s Renewables Community and Regional Program, SHARE – Supporting High-value Australian Renewable Energy Knowledge

2. ERP – Emerging Renewables Program, REVC – Renewable Energy Venture Capital, ABIR – Advanced Biofuels Investment Readiness, Gen 2 – Second Generation Biofuels Research Development Program, ACAP – Australian Centre for Advanced Photovoltaic, ASTRI – Australian Solar Thermal Research Institute

Last updated 25 May 2020

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