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FAQs

I am a small business / agribusiness
I am an innovator
I am an investor / developer
Essential information

1.I am a small business / agribusiness

1.1How do I get finance?

As a small organisation, there are limits to our ability to consider individual smaller-scale projects. That’s why we have created our asset finance programs with major banks, specialised lenders and funds.

These programs allow us to tap into the large and established customer networks of the co-financiers.

They also mean that borrowers have a more simplified process to access our finance, through a range of established co-financiers.

We have structured these programs so that the benefits of the CEFC finance flows directly through to the borrower.

Eligible projects range from small-scale rooftop solar and battery storage, to energy efficient manufacturing and farm equipment, as well as improved building insulation, heating and cooling, demand management systems and low emissions vehicles.

Projects range from $10,000 to $5 million, with an average investment of some $100,000.

Please contact one of our co-financiers directly.

More information: CEFC asset finance

1.2How much finance can I get?

Each investment opportunity is considered on a case by case basis by the co-financier.

Investments rage from $10,000 to $5 million, with an average investment of some $100,000.

We do not assess individual projects. Please contact one of our co-financiers directly.

More information: CEFC asset finance

1.3Why can’t I go direct to the CEFC?

We’re a small organisation, which limits our ability to consider smaller-scale projects.

Our asset finance programs are an effective way for us to extend the reach of our finance to thousands of investors, together with major banks, specialised lenders and funds.

We have structured these programs so that the benefits of the CEFC finance flow directly through to the borrower.

We do not assess individual projects. Please contact one of our co-financiers directly.

More information: CEFC asset finance

1.4Can I get a grant from the CEFC?

The CEFC doesn’t give grants. We invest, in both debt and equity, and work to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across our portfolio.

1.5What happens if a lending program rejects my finance request?

The CEFC does not provide finance to individual borrowers and is not involved in individual financing decisions. Interested borrowers should contact their co-financier directly.

1.6Who can I talk to about my finance request?

We do not assess individual projects.  If you have a smaller-scale project, please go directly to the lenders involved in our current programs.

Please note that we do not provide finance advice and we are not involved in individual financing decisions.

More information: CEFC asset finance

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2.I am an innovator

2.1What can you finance?

We can finance in early-stage clean energy companies working in renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or low emissions technologies.

We do this via the Clean Energy Innovation Fund, the largest dedicated Australian investor of its kind.

The Innovation Fund draws on CEFC finance and focuses on technologies and businesses that have passed beyond the research and development stage.

This includes companies that can benefit from early stage seed or growth capital to help them progress to the next stage of their development.

2.2What kind of finance is available?

We consider each investment opportunity on a case by case basis.

Investments via the Innovation Fund are mainly in the form of equity, reflecting the particular nature of start-up and emerging companies. We can also provide debt finance.

2.3What is the preferred size of investment?

We don’t have a preferred size of investment. Each investment opportunity is considered on a case by case basis.

Investments via the Innovation Fund are generally of a smaller scale, reflecting the particular nature of start-up and emerging companies. 

More information: Innovation Fund

2.4How are investment decisions made?

The Innovation Fund Investment Committee is responsible for investment evaluation, selection, execution and portfolio management processes.

As with all investment commitments drawing on CEFC finance, we apply commercial rigour to individual investment decisions, working to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across our portfolio.

More information: CEFC Investment Policies

2.5Can I get a grant from the CEFC?

The CEFC does not give grants. We are an investor, in both debt and equity, and work to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across our portfolio.

2.6Who can I talk to about my finance request?

As a small organisation, we have a limited ability to respond to all enquiries.

Before contacting us, please be sure to read both our investment guidelines and policies.

Please also ensure your investment opportunity relates to renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or low emissions technology.

If you have a smaller-scale project, please go directly to our co-financiers.

Our goal is to respond to investment queries as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience if that takes a little longer than expected.

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3.I am an investor / developer

3.1What kind of projects do you invest in?

We invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies. Our investments are solely or mainly Australian-based.

Our finance works across the economy – in agriculture, energy generation and storage, infrastructure, property, transport and waste.

More information: Where we invest

3.2How much finance can I get?

Each investment opportunity is considered on a case by case basis.

Reflecting the size of the CEFC, our investments in large-scale projects and funds are usually from $20 million and above.

The CEFC is generally not the sole funder of a clean energy investment, with CEFC investments usually including co-financiers and/or equity partners.

Finance for smaller-scale projects, range from $10,000 to $5 million, are delivered via our asset finance programs.

More information: CEFC Investment Policies

3.3What kind of finance is available?

We have a flexible approach to investment, including direct investments; investments in investment funds, and our specialist asset finance programs.

More information: About our finance

3.4Who can I talk to about my finance request?

As a small organisation, we have a limited ability to respond to all enquiries.

Before contacting us, please ensure your investment opportunity relates to renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or low emissions technology.

More information: Investment Guidelines and Investment Policies

If you have a smaller-scale project, please go directly to the lenders involved in our current programs.

More information: CEFC asset finance

Our goal is to respond to investment queries as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience if that takes a little longer than expected.

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4.Essential information

4.1What can you invest in?

We invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency and low emissions technologies.

Our investments are solely or mainly Australian-based.

They can include businesses and projects that develop, commercialise or use renewable energy, low emissions or energy efficiency technologies, as well as businesses that supply associated goods or services for these technologies.

We invest in both debt and equity, and work to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across our portfolio.

We do not invest in carbon capture and storage, nuclear technology or nuclear power.

More information: CEFC Investment Guidelines

4.2Who makes CEFC investment decisions?

Our Executive Investment Committee reviews investment opportunities and makes recommendations to the CEFC Board, which approves suitable investments.

We apply commercial rigour to individual investment decisions, which are made independently of government. We work to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across our portfolio.

More information: CEFC Investment Policies

4.3Do you make grants?

The CEFC doesn’t give grants. We invest in both debt and equity, and work to deliver a positive return for taxpayers across our portfolio.

4.4Do you give concessional finance?

All our investments are made with the expectation of a positive risk-based financial return. Therefore, concessionality is applied sparingly.  

Concessionality may include lower than market interest rates, longer loan maturity, as well as longer and more flexible grace periods before the payment of principal and/or interest is due.

4.5Who can I talk to about my finance request?

As a small organisation, we have a limited ability to respond to all requests for information.

Before contacting us, please ensure your investment opportunity relates to renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or low emissions technology.

More information: Investment Guidelines and Investment Policies

If you have a smaller-scale project, please go directly to the lenders involved in our current programs.

More information: CEFC asset finance

Our goal is to respond to investment queries as soon as we can. We appreciate your patience if that takes a little longer than expected.

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Still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

Please be sure to have read our FAQs and investment policies and guidelines before contacting us.
If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, please contact us via the form below.
As a small organisation, we regret that we have a limited ability to respond to all enquiries.

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