The ATA is proud to be the lead organisation in the cutting edge Z-Net community energy project, working with Hepburn Wind and local sustainability groups to make the Hepburn Shire in central Victoria a zero-net emissions community.
A Zero-Net Energy Town is one that satisfies all of its energy needs at all times from renewable sources in a way which is competitive with the current system of energy (in terms of price, quality, reliability and security of supply).
The approach was first developed in Uralla, NSW, to offset local carbon emissions from stationary heat and electricity. In the Hepburn Z-NET, this model will be expanded to look at land use, waste and transport emissions.
The project’s outcomes will include a Z-Net Blueprint for the Hepburn Shire (carbon emissions inventory), a co-developed Community Transition Plan, a feasibility analysis and business cases for local energy options, and will build capacity within the community.
The project has received $80,000 in funding from Sustainability Victoria as part of its TAKE2 initiative, $20,000 from the Hepburn Shire Council, $10,000 from Samsø Energy Academy and $8,000 from Diversicon Environmental Foundation. Coalition for Community Energy partners Moreland Energy Foundation and Starfish Initiatives are also involved.