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.
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.