The Z-Net community energy project in central Victoria’s Hepburn Shire is going from strength to strength with more than 300 people attending meetings and Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy launch events.
The Alternative Technology Association (ATA) is the lead organisation in Z-Net, working with Hepburn Wind and local sustainability groups to make the shire 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).
On June 3, a 15-member Community Advisory Panel was formed at a meeting facilitated by Damien Moyse, ATA’s policy and projects manager.
The University of NSW Practical Justice Initiative has come on board as a partner to bring a social justice lens to the project’s transition plan as well as funding a learning exchange between the Uralla community and Hepburn Shire.
And the launch of the Hepburn Solar Bulk Buy in May has already resulted in 59 solar systems and nine Tesla Powerwalls purchased towards a minimum target of 200 new solar homes in Hepburn in 2018.
A series of Solar Bulk Buy and Z-Net Open House events will be held from June 14-25. There will be presentations from the Hepburn Solar Bulk-Buy and a range of stallholders discussing solar finance, energy audits and much more! Click here for more details.