Carbon Free Hepburn – Resources

The Z-NET Blueprint

This Blueprint  sets out the approach taken, the logic and principles applied in assessing options and the framework used for developing a Community Carbon Neutral Community implementation plan. The Blueprint and the Uralla Case Study are both useful resources for communities seeking to become a Z-NET and can be found at:

A zero net energy town (Z-NET) is a community that reduces and balances its local energy needs with a 100% renewable energy supply. This is done firstly by reducing energy use and then importing or locally producing\ enough energy to meet or exceed the community’s demand.

Guide to Community Owned Renewable Energy – Victorian Government

The guide provides an overview of Victoria’s community energy sector and the regulatory context in which community energy project groups operate. It reviews the project development process from concept to implementation, exploring community engagement, technologies, financial considerations and business models that may be used to establish a successful project.

How to Guide Community Owned Renewable Energy – Community Power Agency

This Guide is intended as a first port of call to get an idea of how to start a Community Owned Renewable Energy Project.  This guide provides an overview of what is community owned Renewable Energy, why it is a great opportunity and how to make it happen.


The Embark website provides a comprehensive Australian specific overview of community renewable energy, including practical capacity-building tools. It also showcases different examples of successful community energy projects from around the world as well as having important Australian specific information.

Embark is a non-profit organisation focused on accelerating the uptake of community renewable energy projects by providing practical capacity-building tools and seed and investment funding.

The Coalition for Community Energy

The Coalition for Community Energy (C4CE) is a coalition of over 60 organisations working collaboratively to grow a community energy sector in Australia. C4CE was founded using a Collaborative Impact approach; it fosters win-win situations and in so doing is creating a quicker, more efficient path to a community energy sector with hundreds of community energy projects that benefit all Australian communities.

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