Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)

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ARENA has approximately $2.5 billion in funding, which is legislated and extends until 2022.

ARENA funds activities that are expected to advance renewable energy technologies towards commercial readiness, improve business models or reduce overall industry costs.

ARENA takes a portfolio approach to investments, providing funding grants along the innovation chain from research in the laboratory to large-scale pre-commercial deployment activities.

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Name Advancing Renewables Program
Potential Value Co-contribution

Generally in the form of grants, which may include recoupable grants.

ARENA grants awarded to activities under the programme are expected to be between $100,000 and $50 million, with applicants typically expected to at least match the funding being sought from ARENA.

Eligible Businesses

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


Programme funding must be used only for approved expenditure on the activity.
Information on what the programme funding may and may not be used for is set out in Appendix B: Eligible Expenditure Guide.

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