Uralla has commenced the exciting journey to become a Zero Net Energy Town (Z-NET) by meeting its energy needs from renewable energy sources.
The mission of Z-NET Uralla is to assist the people of the Uralla Shire to make this transition and to allow our community to confidently participate in the unfolding revolution in energy technologies.
Getting to 100% renewable energy is a big goal and will require several stages of work and some 5-10 years.
We can do this by:
- using less energy
- generating our own energy (e.g. through rooftop solar)
- generating energy nearby or
- purchasing renewable energy through the electricity network.
The first step is to work towards the goal of 100% renewable energy for in-home and business use (excluding transport).
Z-NET activities will be designed in consultation with the Uralla community to give equal access across socio-economic groups.
Z-NET Uralla will provide leadership and education, and will assess innovations to make sure they are suitable for our community.
Z-NET will give Uralla the opportunity, not only of being part of the solution to renewable energy supply, but also the opportunity to build futurist, vibrant local businesses based on renewable energy!
Z-NET Uralla has adopted the Zeronet Energy Town Uralla Case Study (also known as the Z-NET Blueprint) as its foundation document for direction and scope of projects to be undertaken. Projects will apply to the whole Shire, not just the town of Uralla! The Blueprint gives a great platform and framework for the Uralla Shire, as well as other regions, to assess their own viability of becoming a Z-NET.
To find out more, have your say and get involved, visit the website zneturalla.org.au.
You can also like Z-Net Uralla’s facebook page at facebook.com/ZNetUralla and take part through Twitter @ZnetUralla
Z-NET Uralla is a not-for-profit community organisation operating as part of the Uralla Neighbourhood Centre Inc. with the support of the Uralla Shire Council and NSW Office of Environment & Heritage.
ZNET Town Case Study - Uralla Shire Council EOI (pdf 1680kb)
ZNET Blueprint (pdf 689 kb)
Funding announcement for Uralla Beyond the Blueprint (11 March 2016)