Hazelwynde Sustainable Residential Development - Energy Services Strategy

OVERVIEW:

Yarra Valley Water (YVW) is exploring options to develop Hazelwynde, a 740 hectare residential land holding in Beveridge, north of Melbourne.  Through this development, YVW intends to improve outcomes for future Hazelwynde residents, its business, the broader community and state of Victoria.  The Hazelwynde residential development is located within Melbourne’s Northern Growth Corridor and is proposed to comprise around 8000 new homes, a new town centre and three new schools.

As the land-owner at Hazelwynde and as a state owned company, YVW is in a unique position to deliver economic and social outcomes that exceed those of a typical property development including through energy servicing that aligns and builds on existing government and industry initiatives.

Hazelwynde will set a new benchmark for energy servicing by delivering energy that is not only sustainable but affordable to a community empowered to make decisions on their home and community’s energy use. 

Client

Yarra Valley Water

Year Completed

Ongoing

Location

Beveridge, Victoria

UTILITIES CHALLENGE:

The energy servicing strategy at Hazelwynde must closely align with Victoria’s Renewable Energy Action Plan and once complete, will contribute towards the Victorian Government’s targets including VRET 2030, which is to have 50% renewable energy by the year 2030 as legislated in The Renewable Energy (Jobs and Investment) Amendment Bill 2019 (Vic).

SEAMLESS SOLUTION:

NEN Consulting’s Energy Servicing Strategy for Hazelwynde is designed to deliver a seamless solution that will benefit residents, the community, and the environment. 

NEN Consulting’s deliverables includes a Stakeholder Analysis Report. NEN continues to work with Yarra Valley Water when consulting with various stakeholders including Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DECCA) (formerly Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning DELWP) and the local electricity Distributed Network Service Provider (DNSP).  

NEN Consulting has assisted Yarra Valley Water at each stage of this project which is due to be rolled out in various stages over the coming years.

One of the main benefits for residents once Hazelwynde is delivered is that they will have access to affordable living, reduced energy bills, improved health and wellbeing, and a reduced ecological footprint. In addition to these benefits, the strategy is expected to create new energy jobs, stimulate the Victorian economy, and offer shared community solar and central battery options that will improve energy affordability and grid stability services. Hazelwynde will be 100% carbon neutral and will save 66K tonnes CO2 annually, which is equivalent to taking ~15,000 cars off the road. The development will also provide around 1% of the new generation required and 4.8% new rooftop PV for VRET 2030, which makes a significant contribution to Victoria’s Renewable Energy Targets. The homes at Hazelwynde will have an average NatHERs rating of 1 star above the mandated minimum, which makes them more comfortable and affordable to live in. The strategy is also designed to be innovative, with 100% all-electric homes, 30% reduction in peak demand, 100% smart LED street lighting, and 100% access to EV chargers and home energy interface. Furthermore, the strategy will result in a 30% savings in the cost of water and energy, empowering the community to make informed decisions about their energy use. 

Overall, NEN Consulting’s Energy Servicing Strategy for Hazelwynde delivers a seamless solution that is sustainable, innovative, and affordable, with positive financial returns in the long term.

MULTIDISCIPLINARY APPROACH:

Our work for this client included:

  • Energy Strategy
  • Stakeholder Analysis Report
  • Site-Wide Electrical Strategy
  • Feasibility and assessment

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