What we do

The CEFC operates like a traditional financier. We work collaboratively with co-financiers and project proponents to seek ways to secure financing solutions for the clean energy sector.

We provide and develop financing solutions across the clean energy sector spanning renewable energy, low-emissions technologies and energy efficiency. We seek to catalyse and leverage funding for commercialisation and deployment of clean energy technologies necessary for Australia's transition to a carbon constrained economy.

Using a full range of financial instruments, the CEFC co-finances and invests, directly and indirectly, in clean energy projects and technologies. Read about our investments

The CEFC focuses on projects and technologies at the later stages of development which have a positive expected rate of return and have the capacity to service and repay capital. We can also look at earlier stage projects which have significant support and a risk profile appropriate for CEFC. See our case studies.

 

Typically we expect a private sector co-financier will participate with the CEFC to support projects. This demonstrates that the risk profile to be assumed by the CEFC is broadly market based.

To support the sector and achieve its purpose the CEFC may provide concessional finance but does not make grants. The nature and terms of such concessional finance takes into account the external benefits we assess the project generates. Concessional finance may be in the form of lower pricing, higher risk and/or longer duration.

One of the CEFC's core objectives is to address financial impediments that reduce the availability of private sector finance. The CEFC seeks out innovative structures to address such impediments which prevent investments in the clean energy sector.

Our commercial approach means that we assess investments on a case-by-case basis, looking to provide funds on the least generous terms possible for a project to proceed (i.e. as close to market terms as possible).

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    Highlights

  • Westpac and the CEFC are working together on a $200 million program for Australian businesses offering low-cost finance for solar, energy efficient technologies and low emissions vehicles. Read more

  • Solar panel

    The CEFC is committing up to $20 million in cornerstone debt finance for a large-scale solar farm near the historic Central Queensland town of Barcaldine. Read more 

  • Crowd of people

    The Clean Energy Finance Corporation has established a $250 million loan program to support Australian councils to invest in clean energy technologies. Read more

  • Biodigester

    The CEFC’s Paul McCartney discussed the future of bioenergy at the Australian Bioenergy Conference on 30 November. Read more