What is the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA)?

Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) is a commercially oriented agency. It was established on 1 July 2012 by the Australian Renewable Energy Agency Act 2011.

ARENA investments span the commercialisation pathway from research and development to demonstration and near-commercial deployment projects.

 

Objective

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) investments span the commercialisation pathway from research and development to demonstration and near-commercial deployment projects.  It takes a technology-neutral approach in considering project applications and has a mandate to capture and share knowledge from its projects.

ARENA have two objectives:

  • improve the competitiveness of renewable energy technologies
  • increase the supply of renewable energy in Australia.

 

ARENA Programmes

Research and Development Programme
Purpose:  To support world-class research and development in priority renewable energy technologies.

Availability:  Applications are accepted only during competitive rounds.

Advancing Renewables Programme
Purpose:  To support activities that reduce the cost or increase the value delivered of renewable energy, advance renewable energy technologies towards commercial readiness, reduce or remove barriers to uptake, or increase relevant skills, capacity and knowledge.

Availability:  Open to applications for all activities identified in the ARENA Investment Plan, other than those designated as competitive. Applications for the competitive activities are only accepted during competitive rounds.

Renewable Energy Venture Capital Fund Programme
Purpose:  To foster skills and management capability, and provide funding confidence to renewable energy projects to strengthen their chance of success.

Availability:  The REVC Fund supports the Southern Cross Renewable Energy Fund. Applicants should contact Southern Cross Venture Partners directly to discuss venture capital opportunities.

Clean Energy Innovation Fund 
Purpose:  To support the growth of innovative clean energy technologies and businesses which are critical to Australia’s clean energy transformation.

Availability: The Fund targets technologies and businesses that have passed beyond the research and development stage and which can benefit from early stage seed or growth capital to help them progress to the next stage of their development.

 

Funding

ARENA provides funding assistance to renewable energy activities according to the General Funding Strategy and Investment Plan. It 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.

 

Eligible Projects

Projects must develop industry-research partnerships with at least one eligible Australian research institution (research partner) and at least one industry partner and address one or more of the four key technology focus areas.

Projects must address one or more of the following four key technology focus areas:

  1. Balance of System (BoS) cost reduction (either on-grid or off-grid)
    Development of new technologies or new applications of technologies and/or processes to reduce renewable energy system payback time and lower levelised cost of energy (LCOE).
    Balance of System is the non-generation part of the plant including both hard costs (eg inverter, electronics, etc) and soft costs. For example, in a solar PV plant it does not include the PV modules.
  1. Integration and high penetration of renewables into networks (either on-grid, off-grid or mini-grids)
    New technologies or applications of technologies, including associated financial and economic modelling, to address the challenges of integrating renewables and the grid, and increasing penetration levels.
  1. Integration of renewable energy for industrial process (excluding electricity generation)
    New applications of technologies, including associated new business models, for renewables to provide process heat or cooling where gas or other fossil fuels are typically used.
  1. Integration of renewable energy into buildings or building materials
    Development of innovative renewable technologies for building integrated applications (eg roofing, walls, windows, paint), or heating and/or cooling systems.

 

Eligible Applicants

Technology developers, researchers and other organisations are invited to submit applications for funding under relevant ARENA programmes.

 

Timing

The Advancing Renewables Programme is open for new applications.

 

More Information

 

Recipients

22 January 2020 – Acciona and HZI received $18,000,000

The Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) will provide $18 million in grant funding to build the waste-to-energy plant in the Rockingham Industrial Zone, roughly 45 kilometres south of Perth.

The 29 MW plant will have capacity to power 40,000 homes from an annual feedstock of 300,000 tonnes of municipal, industrial and commercial rubbish.

Source

29 November 2019 – Neoen received $8,000,000