Bridging the gap between bright ideas and commercialisation.
From research to large-scale deployment, ARENA funding spans the entire innovation chain. We accelerate the affordability of new technologies and build investor confidence in renewable energy projects now and into the future.
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Funding strategy & investment plan
We use the principles in the General Funding Strategy to identify investment priorities, which are provided in the Investment Plan. All funding proposals are assessed against the investment priorities.
We have a number of programs available for funding applications. Both our programs and funding priorities allow us to provide advice, suitability and guidance on your proposal.
To discuss your proposal, email email@example.com or contact us at 1800 804 847.
Australia’s global knowledge of renewable energy technologies to advance innovation.
This Funding Round is open from 3 November 2017 and closes AEST 5pm 15 December 2017.
Renewable energy technologies that will increase commercial deployment within Australia
Development, demonstration and pre-commercial deployment projects.
Innovative Australian renewable energy companies.
Emerging Australian technologies and businesses that can accelerate Australia’s transition to a renewable energy economy.
The following ARENA funding programs are now closed for new applications.
Accelerated Step Change Initiative (ASCI)
ARENA’s Accelerated Step Change Initiative (ASCI) supported exceptional, breakthrough projects that were not otherwise eligible under existing ARENA funding programs.
To be eligible for consideration under ASCI, projects had to have the potential to lower the cost or increase the use of renewable energy technologies in Australia in a way that was not currently being developed locally.
ASCI is now closed for new funding applications.
Regional Australia's Renewables
ARENA’s Regional Australia’s Renewables (RAR) initiative supported trials of renewable energy solutions, including hybrid systems, in regional and remote locations with the aim of increasing the use of these technologies for power generation once they become affordable.
Regional Australia’s Renewables – Community (CARRE)
Through CARRE, ARENA worked collaboratively with key regional energy suppliers and distributors to assess, plan, fund, and share results from a portfolio of practical, replicable renewable energy projects across communities.
Regional Australia’s Renewables – Industry (I-RAR)
I-RAR supported projects that demonstrate renewable energy solutions, including hybrid and integrated systems in remote, off-grid or fringe-of-grid locations, especially where renewable energy is close to being cost competitive.
RAR, I-RAR and CARRE are now closed for new funding applications.
Inherited programs and projects
When ARENA was established on 1 July 2012, we took responsibility for programs and projects originally managed by the former Australian Centre for Renewable Energy, the Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism, and the Australian Solar Institute.
Australian Centre for Renewable Energy
The Australian Centre for Renewable Energy (ACRE) was established in 2009 to promote the development, commercialisation and deployment of renewable energy and enabling technologies and improve their competitiveness in Australia. It managed over $690 million of funding committed to support renewable energy and enabling technology development.
ACRE was incorporated into ARENA on 1 July 2012, and the following ACRE programs became the responsibility of ARENA:
ARENA also inherited a number of projects that ACRE had managed under legacy programs including the Renewable Energy Demonstration Program, the Geothermal Drilling Program and the Low Emissions Technology Demonstration Fund.
Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism
ARENA assumed responsibility for projects under the following programs managed by the former Department of Resources, Energy and Tourism.
- Second Generation Biofuels Research and Development (Gen 2) Program: A competitive grants program that supported the research, development and demonstration of new biofuel technologies and feedstocks to address the sustainable development of a biofuels industry in Australia.
- Solar Flagships Program: The Solar Flagships Program was established in December 2009 to support the construction and demonstration of large-scale, grid-connected solar power stations in Australia. The program supported solar power playing a significant role in Australia’s electricity supply and operating within a competitive electricity market.
Australian Solar Institute
The Australian Solar Institute (ASI) operated from August 2009 before being merged into ARENA on 31 December 2012.
ASI developed a portfolio approaching $450 million in value from the initial $150 million, supporting over 350 solar researchers across more than 120 projects.
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