Zero Net Energy Town - Uralla
- Project: Znet - Load analysis, energy efficiency, renewable resources
The overall purpose of Zero Net Energy Town (ZNET) is to create Australia’s first town which satisfies all of its own energy needs from renewable energy sources in a way which is competitive with its current system of energy (in terms of price, quality, reliability, security of supply and so on).
A rural town of 5,000 population spends some $20-40m on energy costs in total each year. Z-NET provides a potentially profound opportunity to transform energy from being a cost, into the basis for a sustainable economic model through revenue, industry, business and employment.
The purpose of this current stage of work is to prepare a Blueprint and Business Case for Uralla, which may potentially become Australia’s first ZNET. This work is being led by the Project Team.
Z-NET is led by a Consortium in collaboration with Starfish Initiatives and is funded by the NSW Government Office of Environment and Heritage Regional Clean Energy Program, together with significant contributions of pro-bono and voluntary time and expertise.
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.
Uralla in the Northern Tablelands of NSW emerged from several candidates as the selected town which will be the focus of this fascinating study. The launch was covered in this Enhar news item.
Enhar is providing critical input on renewable energy resource, energy efficiency potential, and supply demand modelling, specifically:
- Load analysis from the zone substation - estimating the load profile for the region, peak loads, and annual demand.
- High level renewable resource analysis for the Uralla Shire area for energy efficiency, solar, wind, biomass
- Demand supply modelling (using HOMER) to develop scenarios for achieving zero net energy and assist MEFL in the development of business cases.