Case studies

RateSetter

CEFC kick-starts an innovative peer-to-peer green lending platform

Australia’s first peer-to-peer green lending platform is up and running after a being kick-started with a $20 million investment commitment from the CEFC.

Old Qld power station gets new life as solar generator

A disused coal-fired power station at Collinsville in Queensland is being redeveloped as a 42MW (AC) solar farm which is expected to generate enough energy to power 15,000 homes.

Turning waste into Process Engineered Fuel

Turning waste into Process Engineered Fuel

Leading resource recovery company ResourceCo Group is rolling out facilities at Wetherill Park in Sydney that will transform selected non-recyclable waste streams into Processed Engineered Fuel (PEF).

Solar farm at Longreach

Regional Qld gets boost with solar farms at Longreach and Oakey

Solar farms at Oakey on the Darling Downs and Longreach in Central Queensland will help boost local energy networks and provide drought-proofing benefits for farmers.

ICPF

ICPF’s first green bond continues leadership in commercial property clean energy innovation

Investa Commercial Property Fund’s (ICPF) first Green Bond continues its strong leadership in clean energy innovation in the commercial property sector.

Sydney istock

Investa Office Fund green bond supports clean energy innovation in commercial property sector

Investa Office Fund (IOF) is the first Australian REIT to issue a certified Australian dollar green bond. The bond supports clean energy innovation in the commercial property sector.

113MW Bodangora Wind Farm to generate energy for 49,000 homes

Infigen Energy’s 113MW Bodangora Wind Farm near Wellington in New South Wales is expected to produce enough energy to meet the needs of over 49,000 homes.

Rooftop solar

FlexiGroup climate bond signals growing investor appetite

The CEFC has made a cornerstone commitment of $20 million to a $50 million bond issuance by FlexiGroup, which has been certified by the global Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI).

Community Housing

CEFC initiative spurs development of 1,000 energy efficient homes for low-income families

The CEFC’s work with Community Housing Providers is encouraging the development of 1,000 highly energy efficient homes for low-income families in New South Wales.

Two solar farms for Qld, one for Vic adding combined 165MW capacity

Australia’s Edify Energy and leading international renewable energy investor Wirsol are constructing three large scale solar farms that will add a combined 165MW of capacity to the national electricity grid.

Investment fund finances mid-sized solar farms

The IIG Solar Income Fund finances medium-scale Australian solar farms, providing equity investment opportunities for high net worth individuals, smaller institutional investors and foundations.

Lawrence Street

High-performing housing provides long-term benefits for Sydney families

Not-for-profit community housing provider SGCH is seeking to deliver approximately 500 high-performing energy efficient homes with CEFC finance.

AMP Capital

AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund aims for net zero emissions by 2030

The $4.7 billion AMP Capital Wholesale Office Fund (AWOF) has committed to ambitious emissions reductions and efficiency targets in conjunction with a $100 million investment by the CEFC.

Bundaberg Christian College

Bundaberg Christian College shines light on potential for school savings

Bundaberg Christian College’s award winning grid-connected solar PV system and battery storage – the first of its kind in Australia - is playing an important role in its bid to be self-sufficient.

Qld solar farm paves the way for innovative pumped hydro storage project

Genex Power Ltd has secured $54 million in debt finance from the CEFC for the development of the Phase One 50MW large-scale solar farm at its Kidston Renewable Energy Hub, near Townsville.

Palisade fund aims to accelerate renewable energy projects

The Palisade Renewable Energy Fund (PREF), managed by Palisade Investment Partners (Palisade), has a target size of $500 million and invests in renewable energy projects in Australia.

Ross River Solar Farm benefits from ideal location, equity investment

The $225 million 116MW (AC) Ross River Solar Farm south-west of Townsville is expected to generate enough energy to power the equivalent of 65,000 homes.

DeGrussa Solar Farm

Large-scale solar set to shine in regional NSW

Three large-scale solar projects being built in regional New South Wales will provide enough additional renewable energy to supply the equivalent of 41,500 homes.

GreenSync

GreenSync expands smart technology business to help transform energy use

GreenSync is expanding its business to help create the smart electricity grid of the future.

Carbon Revolution

Carbon Revolution expands innovative wheel technology operations

The Geelong-based global leader in carbon fibre wheel manufacturing, Carbon Revolution is looking to dramatically ramp up its operations to boost production.

Turbine

270MW Sapphire Wind Farm uses new efficient Vestas technology

The 270MW Sapphire Wind Farm, in northern NSW, will feature the latest Vestas turbine technology, as well as transformers manufactured in Australia.

Monash University

Monash University claims world-first status with climate bond

The CEFC has made a $20 million commitment to the world’s first university climate bond, issued by Monash University.

CommBank electric car charging

Finance for energy savings opportunities

The $100 million Energy Efficient Equipment Finance program is offered through the Commonwealth Bank.

Venturecapital

Clean Energy Seed Fund taps into innovation

Australia’s first Clean Energy Seed Fund has exceeded expectations, attracting $26 million in finance, including a $10 million cornerstone commitment from the CEFC though the Clean Energy Innovation Fund.

1 Malop Street Geelong

CEFC finances innovative makeover for Geelong landmark

The CEFC is lending unlisted property fund manager, QE, $68 million to stretch the design of a commercial office tower to a market leading 5.5 star NABERS standard.

City

Supporting Australian climate bonds

The CEFC is working with issuers to demonstrate the investment potential of Australia’s emerging climate bond market.

Finance to accelerate clean tech take up

Finance to accelerate clean tech take up

A $200 million CEFC Westpac finance program is providing Australian businesses with an easier way to take control of their energy costs.

Strategy draws major funds to renewable energy

Strategy draws major funds to renewable energy

Palisade Investment Partners (Palisade) and the CEFC are working to accelerate the development of Australian renewable energy projects valued at $1 billion.

Renewables developer Windlab drives project opportunities

Renewables developer Windlab drives project opportunities

Windlab, which is successfully commercialising CSIRO-developed technology, is working to further develop Australian opportunities.

Melbourne University

University reduces grid electricity use by eight per cent

The University of Melbourne is expected to reduce its grid electricity use by about eight per cent following installation of innovative renewable and energy efficient technologies.

Solar panel

Large-scale solar for central Queensland

The CEFC is the cornerstone investor in a solar farm at Barcaldine in Central Queensland.

Crowd of people

Local Governments benefit from clean energy finance program

Local Government Finance Program aimed at supporting Australian councils to invest in clean energy technologies.

Bioenergy equipment

CEFC program unlocks bioenergy potential

A $200+ million equity fund is aimed at boosting Australia’s uptake of bioenergy and energy from waste technologies.

Group of cars

Finance to drive uptake of low emissions vehicles

Business, government and not-for-profit fleet buyers are being encouraged to move to low emissions vehicles to tackle one of the biggest contributors to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions – light vehicles.

City of Melbourne

City of Melbourne sustainability drive focuses on LEDs, solar

A major LED street lighting rollout and rooftop solar on council facilities are helping the City of Melbourne move towards its sustainability goals.

Moree Solar Farm construction

Large-Scale Solar investment gets boost with CEFC program

The CEFC’s $250 million Large-Scale Solar program is open to large-scale solar sponsors seeking loans of $15 million or more for projects of more than 10MW.

Iconic red-centre resort goes solar, reduces trucked-in fuel needs

Ayers Rock Resort will use solar to cover up to 30 per cent of its daytime power use and reduce the need for trucked-in fuel.

Copper mine

Major solar storage project demonstrates potential for remote and rural Australia

Australia’s largest solar and battery storage project to date will reduce DeGrussa copper mine’s reliance on diesel-powered energy.

Vehicles at electric vehicle charging station

Asset finance to back clean cars, solar and business

A new finance program will help accelerate business and personal adoption of low emissions and electric vehicles, as well as solar and energy efficient equipment.

Waterloo St building

Landmark Sydney building benefits from EUA financed upgrades

A $1.2 million energy efficiency upgrade to the landmark Readers Digest building in Surry Hills, New South Wales, dramatically reduces its lighting and air conditioning costs.

Irrigation sluice

Incentive for business, agribusiness to invest in plant, equipment

With the right equipment, businesses can lower fuel costs, cut heating, cooling and lighting bills and even create energy from waste.

Car dealership with solar panels on roof

Car dealership to save with innovative solar and lighting upgrades

One of Australia’s largest multi-franchise car dealerships, Col Crawford Motors, will use solar and LED lighting technologies to make significant electricity savings.

Factory with solar panels

Solar reduces major fresh produce wholesaler’s grid electricity needs

Major supermarket fresh produce supplier NuFruit is installing nearly 100KW of solar PV to meet over 10 per cent of the electricity needs of its Wangaratta refrigerated warehouses and cool-rooms.

Concept of waste-to-gas plant

Waste-to-gas project reduces landfill

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is providing up to $50 million towards the development of waste-to-gas facilities in Western Australia using world-leading Australian designed technology.

Bankstown Sports Club

Club cuts energy use with chiller and solar upgrade

One of Australia’s largest registered clubs is making its chiller system 50 per cent more efficient and installing an 85kW solar system.

St James Hall equipment

Barristers headquarters save with EUA finance

A 1960s commercial office building which has some of Sydney's most prestigious barristers chambers as tenants is looking to save about 30 per cent on energy use.

Rib beef

Biogas helps halve energy bills for beef processor

A NSW-based red meat processor is cutting its costs and improving its energy productivity through a $40 million biogas installation and energy efficiency upgrade of rendering facilities.

Solar power station

Alice Springs solar power station expands

The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is providing $13 million to finance a major expansion of Epuron's Northern Territory Uterne solar power station at Alice Springs.

Narre Warren South classroom with children

Lighting makes school savings

A lighting upgrade in classrooms and a gymnasium is helping a growing Melbourne school halve its lighting energy costs.

Underwater divers

Wave energy powers Australia’s future

The CEFC’s first investment in wave energy has helped accelerate the final stage of development and commercialisation for Carnegie Wave Energy Limited’s innovative wave power technology to harvest Australia’s abundant ocean energy.

Playground

New ovens halve energy use for plastic products manufacturer

An Australian plastic products manufacturer is upgrading its rotational moulding ovens to reduce energy use by more than 50 per cent.

Fruits

Refrigeration upgrade cuts apple and chestnut grower’s costs

A Victorian based apple and chestnut grower is cutting its costs and improving its energy productivity through a $1.2 million refrigeration upgrade.

Beef cows

Abbatoir, renderer share tri-generation benefits

Wodonga Rendering and Wodonga Abattoirs are sharing efficiency improvements and energy cost savings by using a gas-fired tri-generation plant.

Biogas machinery

Biogas replaces natural gas for meat processor

Australia’s largest meat processor and exporter is capturing and using biogas to reduce its dependence on grid-connected natural gas.

Solar farm

Large-scale solar boosted by tracking technology

A large-scale solar PV plant in northern New South Wales is generating enough power for about 15,000 homes.

Truck carrying wind turbine blade

Portland Wind Energy Project

The final stage of Pacific Hydro’s Portland Wind Energy Project, in south-west Victoria, was completed in 2015, with the support of finance from the CEFC.

Greenhouse tomatoes on a vine

Tomato farm a solar innovator

World-leading solar thermal technology will be used to provide irrigation from desalinated seawater, and heating and cooling for greenhouses in a first-of-its-kind demonstration of sustainable agriculture.

Swanston Street building

Melbourne EUA upgrade for lifts, chiller

A $7 million environmental upgrade to a 1970s commercial building in Melbourne is expected to more than halve energy use and carbon emissions.

New recycling plant under construction

Plant cuts emissions, creates jobs

Australian Paper’s recycling plant, expected to commence operations in 2014, will contribute around $110 million to the economy and reduce carbon emissions by up to 270,000 tonnes annually.

Eggs in egg sorter

Egg producer turns waste into energy

Darling Downs Fresh Eggs (DDFE) is using the chicken manure and other organic waste from its egg production business to generate power and save more than $250,000 a year.

Street light

Street lighting savings for council

Victoria’s Baw Baw Shire Council will save more than $160,000 a year by replacing its mercury vapour street lights with the most energy efficient lights.

Power station

Fugitive gases generate low emissions power

Expansion of a 45 megawatt power station in Bowen Basin, Queensland that converts fugitive waste coal mine gas to energy will reduce greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to taking 140,000 cars off the road.

Beef cattle

Beef producer cuts costs with solar energy

CEFC and NAB are financing Australian Agricultural Company’s (AACo) installation of solar PV units at 15 sites, reducing their grid energy consumption by around 30 per cent.

Wind turbines

Wind farm powering Victoria

The Macarthur Wind Farm in Victoria, the largest in the southern hemisphere, is being refinanced.

Wind tower manufactur

New wind farm supports Australian industry

A new wind farm with the capacity to generate enough wind power for about 45,000 homes is being built near Taralga, NSW.

Street light

Council saves on street lighting costs

Replacing more than 2,000 residential street lights in Warrnambool, Victoria, with LED technology cuts lighting operation and maintenance costs by nearly 70 per cent.

Gas-fired engines

Efficient gas solution to network upgrade

An $11 million pilot energy generation project at Traralgon in Victoria is demonstrating the potential for power security across Australia's eastern seaboard.

Light bulb

Council lighting upgrade

A lighting upgrade for the civic centre in Kingston, Tasmania, has cut the building’s lighting energy costs by 75 per cent.

Ice cream

Ice cream maker saves on energy costs

An ice cream manufacturer is improving its capacity and almost halving the carbon emissions from its refrigeration, following an upgrade.

People shopping for groceries

Energy efficiency gains for label maker

Three new energy efficient presses at Labelmakers operate at twice the speed, using half the energy of the company’s old presses, while allowing a broader range of higher-quality printed products to be manufactured.

Fruit

Coolstores reduce energy costs

A $1.15 million cool rooms upgrade is allowing a fruit supplier to save around a quarter on its refrigeration energy bills.

Green trigeneration plant

EUA provides low carbon energy

A two-megawatt trigeneration plant will be used to provide low-carbon thermal energy, heating and cooling for a major new residential and commercial development in Sydney.

Foam

Manufacturer halves lighting costs

A foam manufacturer is reducing its lighting bills by more than 50 per cent following a lighting upgrade to its plant at Moorebank in Sydney’s west.

Pigs

Leading pork exporter saves on energy

Australia’s largest pork producer and leading exporter Rivalea saves around 10 per cent on its annual energy costs following improvements to its industrial refrigeration.

10 Valentine St Building

Parramatta office EUA upgrade

An A-Grade high-rise in Parramatta, NSW saves 70 per cent on its lighting bills following an upgrade.

Richgro product on shelves

Converting waste to energy

Major Australian garden products supplier, Richgro is harnessing ground-breaking waste-to-energy technology to meet all its power needs by recycling organic waste.

Commercial office building

Brisbane commercial building upgrade

An 11-storey commercial office building at 26 Wharf Street, Brisbane, reduced its energy consumption by over 40 per cent following an energy efficiency upgrade.

CQ Hotel

Hotel complex EUA upgrade

The multi-storey multi-use CQ building at 123 Queen Street, Melbourne, has undergone a $1.3 million energy efficiency upgrade to make energy cost savings of more than 50 per cent.

247 Adelaide St building

Brisbane office block’s five-star transformation

A 1970s Brisbane office block has cut its base building electricity use by nearly 50 per cent through $1.23 million in energy efficiency improvements

Fresh produce on shelves

Retail lighting savings

A $7,300 lighting upgrade is saving Brisbane store-owner IGA X-Press Runcorn over 30 per cent on its annual lighting energy use.

Limestone St Centre in Ipswich

Building transformed by upgrade

The $1.6 million upgrade of a dysfunctional bulky goods retail centre transformed it into a high performing office building with key government agencies as tenants.