ABOUT ZERO EMISSIONS NOOSA
Our mission is to work in partnership with the community and business to achieve net zero community carbon emissions in the Noosa Shire by 2026. We formed in 2016 via a Memorandum of Understanding signed by 15 organisations (including Noosa Council and two universities) wherein signatories committed, to the best of their ability, to the goal of zero emissions by 2026. We incorporated in July 2017, and two volunteer working groups are currently focussed on the two key areas of emissions from electricity generation/consumption and transport emissions.
ROADMAP TO ACHIEVING 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR NOOSA
We were successful in our application to the Noosa Biosphere Reserve Foundation "big ideas" grant round.
The project will identify the most efficient and cheapest mix of renewable energy and energy efficiency measures needed to eliminate all carbon dioxide emissions arising from electricity consumption in the Noosa Shire by 2026.
Consumption of grid electricity causes 69% of Noosa’s carbon dioxide emissions. Reducing these emissions to zero complements Noosa Council’s internal Zero Emission Strategy.
The project will identify and rank possible mixes of renewable electricity generation and energy efficiency measures to achieve the goal. It will identify actions to drive uptake of renewable energy based on the consultant’s experience and from community consultation.
We will model scenarios of technology choices to quantify their effect on the electricity network and the goal of zero emissions.
The project will provide focus for community engagement during the project and beyond, building upon methods used successfully in similar local areas. It will inspire local people and especially businesses to invest in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and innovative local commercial activity.
It will support our initiate of RePower Noosa which is a collaboration between local renewable energy suppliers and business associations to exploit the potential opportunity to capture an estimated $100M of local projects, an estimated 20 job years per MW installed, and estimated $3M savings over 10 years for businesses for each MW of solar installed.
It will enable partnering with Energex/Energy Queensland in the transition to a system of 100% clean electricity.
At the community meeting you will be presented with some preliminary modelling of the nature of the current electricity use in Noosa, including the amount of local solar PV generation. Scenarios will be presented that show different pathways for achieving 100% renewable electricity use over a year, based on the use of both renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency (including solar water heaters and heat pumps), but also including the impact of increased electricity use driven by electric vehicles. Options to drive the uptake of these technologies will be presented for discussion.
There will be plenty of time for discussion as we will be seeking feedback on both the assumptions made in the scenarios as well as the options proposed to drive uptake. This will all feed into the final modelling and recommendations in a publicly available report.
Dr Rob Passey is a Senior Consultant with ITP Renewables, as well as Senior Research Associate (Centre for Energy and Environmental Markets) and Postdoctoral Fellow (School of Photovoltaic and Renewable Energy Engineering) at the University of NSW, and Policy Analyst and Treasurer at the Australian PV Institute. He is also Committee Member and Treasurer of Community-Owned Renewable Energy Mullumbimby (COREM). He focuses on policy research and analysis, particularly renewable energy, distributed generation, electric vehicles, energy efficiency and carbon markets. In early 2017 he lead authored the report “Achieving 100% Renewable Electricity for Byron Shire”, for Zero Emissions Byron and Byron Shire Council, then in late 2017 he lead authored the report “Background Technical Study: East Gippsland Bright Futures Renewable Energy Project”, for East Gippsland Shire Council.