Z-NET Uralla Launch
The Z-NET initiative was officially launched at McCrossin’s Mill, Uralla on 27 November 2014 by NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, Leslie Williams.
Uralla has been selected to be the case study focus for the blueprint to create Australia’s first Zero Net Energy Town (Z-NET) ~ aiming to satisfy all of its energy needs from renewable sources.
Lesley Williams, the NSW Parliamentary Secretary for Renewable Energy, made the announcement at the function held at McCrossins Mill on 27 November.
“Uralla was successful because of its very strong support from the community, local business and local residents but importantly the local government sector,” Williams told ABC New England.
In an interview with RenewEconomy, Uralla Shire Mayor Michael Pearce said being selected as the first town for the ZNET initiative was a huge buzz.
“It’s really exciting to have the eyes of NSW – the eyes of Australia, really – on us,” Pearce said. “It’s like being selected to represent Australia.”
Moreland Energy Foundation Appointed
A consortium led by Moreland Energy Foundation ~ together with ClimateWorks, Enhar, Percepscion, Little Sketches and economist Rod Marsh ~ were awarded the consulting contract to prepare the Z-NET Blueprint & Business Case, based upon Uralla.
Moreland Energy Foundation director of major projects Bruce Thompson said renewable energy projects such as this were part of major disruptive shifts to the way energy entered the market.
“We know we need a renewable energy future, and the technology is here and now,” he said.