Advancing Renewables Program

What is the Advancing Renewables Program?

The Advancing Renewables Program is an initiative that provides businesses with funding or finance to develop renewable energy technologies.



The Advancing Renewables Program (ARP) is continuously open for applications that address our Investment Priorities. The program welcomes applications in the specific areas and outside these specific areas.

An amendment has been made to the Advancing Renewables Program Guidelines (section 3.3) to ensure ARENA is funding projects and activities that assist the Government accelerate priority technologies to achieve stretch goals identified in the First Low Emissions Technology Statement – 2020.

ARENA wishes to attract and fund projects that align with its Investment Plan and the priority low emissions technologies and emerging and enabling technologies outlined in the Low Emissions Technology Statement that support renewable energy and enabling technologies.



The Advancing Renewables Program aims to fund projects 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
  • increase in skills, capacity and knowledge relevant to renewable energy.



ARENA Grants awarded to Activities under the Program 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 Projects

You must be able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of ARENA (in its absolute discretion) that the Activity described in your Proposal:

  • involve a renewable energy technology or
  • involve methods (including desktop studies and analysis) that can contribute to the program outcomes.

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


Eligible Applicants

To be an Applicant you must:

  • have an Australian business number (ABN)
  • be an Australian incorporated entity unless you’re applying for Desktop Studies and Analysis.
  • be (or warrant that you will be at the time of entering into a funding agreement) an Australian entity incorporated under the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) or
  • be a Commonwealth entity prescribed as a government business enterprise by section 5(1) of the Public Governance, Performance and Accountability Rule 2014 or
  • be an Australian State or Territory owned corporation or a subsidiary of an Australian State or Territory owned corporation or
  • be an Australian local government or council.



Applications open on an ongoing basis.


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