Is your town interested
in using 100% renewable energy?

— Round 2 Towns Wanted —

Are you interested to join with the growing movement of communities across Australia already working to become zero net energy towns?


We are incredibly excited to announce that Hepburn Shire is going to be the second Z-NET, using and expanding upon the Blueprint created with and for Uralla.

Official announcement of Z-NET Hepburn Shire, Thursday 1 February 2018

Official announcement of Z-NET Hepburn Shire, Thursday 1 February 2018

Hepburn brings a demonstrated track record with the iconic Hepburn Wind, and the Shire has been selected to pilot the Z-NET model for Victoria. This is part of the Sustainability Victoria Take2 Community Transitions Pilot Program.

The Z-NET Blueprint will also be expanded as part of this second major stage of work, particularly to also incorporate electric transport and energy storage.

What is Z-NET?

The purpose of Zero Net Energy Town (Z-NET) is to support towns and villages throughout Australia to satisfy their 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).

This is achieved firstly by reducing energy use and then importing or locally producing enough energy to meet or exceed the community’s demand.

There are hundreds of towns and villages elsewhere around the world who have achieved this goal already.

The current focus of work is threefold: create Z-NET Hepburn Shire and expand the Blueprint; support Hepburn and Uralla to implement their plans; and continue to seek funding to support a second round of 3-5 zero net energy towns.

The Blueprint

The Z-NET Blueprint is the model created for towns and villages to be able to assess and design their own plan to achieve 100% renewable energy over a period of 5-10 years.

The Z-NET Blueprint was developed at the same time as creating a plan for Uralla ~ the Z-NET Case Study Town. This approach has given the model a very practical and ‘real world’ grounding, and includes a business case assessment to quantify the costs, benefits, opportunities and risks of the various options available.

Creation of the Z-NET Blueprint was funded by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

Z-NET Blueprint is now available.



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