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Enhar in winning consortium announced for ground-breaking ZNET project

27 Nov

NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, Leslie Williams today announced that NSW country town of Uralla on the Northern Tablelands could soon be generating enough green energy locally to meet all of its own needs within a decade.

Visiting the Northern Tablelands today with local MP Adam Marshall, Mrs Williams announced Uralla’s successful bid to become Australia’s first Zero Net Energy Town (ZNET) creating a blueprint for other towns and communities across the country to follow.

Uralla emerged from several candidates as the selected town which will be the focus of this fascinating study.

The successful consultant Consortium being led by Moreland Energy Foundation Limited is also working together with Climate Works, Enhar, Percepscion and Little Sketches.

Enhar joined the Moreland Energy Foundation’s consortium for this strategic project which will create a Blueprint for regional towns to obtain 100% of their energy from renewables. Bids were received from 17 other consultancies throughout Australia, indicative of the high level of interest in servicing community-led renewable energy projects.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Regional Manager Don Arnold, left, Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Leslie Williams, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce discussing the historic announcement at today’s launch.

NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Regional Manager Don Arnold, left, Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy Leslie Williams, Northern Tablelands MP Adam Marshall and Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce discussing the historic announcement at today’s launch.

Building on Enhar’s experience from the Mallacoota feasibility project, Enhar will be modelling the renewable resources at the town and matching hourly generation to hourly town electricity and gas demand.  Modelling energy efficiency scenarios for the town is also a key part of Enhar’s scope.

ZNET presentation to audience in Uralla’s McCrossin’s Mill Museum

ZNET presentation to audience in Uralla’s McCrossin’s Mill Museum

Links:

Starfish-Initiatives ZNET page

http://www.mefl.com.au/news-and-events.html

Renew Economy Article ‘why Uralla wants to become first ZNET town’

Renew Economy Article ‘Five NSW towns bid to be Australia’s first zero net energy town’

Uralla Shire Website

Adam Marshall MP website

Leslie Williams MP website