The town of Uralla in the New England region of northern NSW is set to become the state's first zero net energy town (ZNET) after winning the selection process for an ambitious project to take an entire rural community completely off grid.

Uralla was chosen by the ZNET Consortium to be the first town for the ZNET Initiative, following a near half-year selection process which involved a call for tenders from service providers for the development of a blueprint and business plan for the project. It could become the first zero net energy…