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Blueprint

The Z-NET Blueprint is the model created for towns and villages to be able to assess and design their Z-NET plan. It sets out the approach taken, the logic and principles applied in assessing options and the framework used for developing the implementation plan.

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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Uralla Case Study

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 Uralla’s Plan was funded by the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.

Z-NET Uralla Case Study (Plan and Business Case) now available.

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Becoming a Z-NET

Becoming a Z-NET requires a path that’s ambitious, realisable and in the long-term interests of each local community. To do this, it needs to be technically and practically feasible, financially viable and desirable to the local and wider community. The approach taken has been to carefully consider the context, identify all possible options and assess whether they will work and then resolve how they are best implemented.

What’s the context?

The first step is to understand the context, which includes identifying the characteristics of the location and the community and its existing energy use. The context defines current and future energy requirements, identifies opportunities and highlights issues that present limitations or risks.

What’s possible and will it work?

The next step is to understand all the possible options and determine the best fit within the local context. There are many options to reduce energy use and produce energy from renewable sources.

To find the right approach we need to identify if options are feasible, viable and desirable.

How it might work?

Having a model is great but it’s crucial to have a plan to ensure it gets done. Understanding who is responsible for what and being clear about the resource requirements are key to ensuring we have a practical and reasonable path to achieve the goal of becoming a Z-NET.

The Blueprint and the Uralla Case Study are both useful resources for communities seeking to become a Z-NET.

Follow the links below to see how the Blueprint has been applied for Uralla.
This will give you an sense of how Z-NET could work for your community.

WHAT’S THE CONTEXT?
WHAT’S POSSIBLE?
WHAT WORKS BEST?
AND FINALLY, HOW MIGHT IT WORK?

Visualising the Z-NET process and structure

The below visualisation provides a walk-through of the Z-NET Blueprint structure and the process of how it is created.

At this time the visualisation includes the Uralla Case Study to highlight how Z-NET is applied in a practical sense. The context, options, preferences and plan for each town and village will be slightly different. The Z-NET Blueprint is designed to be adaptable to allow for this tailored approach.