Wide-ranging sustainability scoping & renewable energy advisory services during the pre-development stage of Ginninderry.
Ginninderry is an 11,000 home residential development extending across the ACT/NSW border to the west of Belconnen and includes the newly named suburbs of Strathnairn and Macnamara. The project is being developed by a Joint Venture between the ACT Government and Riverview Developments. Their vision is to build a sustainable community of international significance, with innovation, diversity and ecological criteria at its core.
QED's scope included sustainable community research and frameworks, recommendations of global best practice sustainability initiatives, network development, renewable energy advisory & strategy, microgrid project management and social research.
RENEWABLE ENERGY RESEARCH
While there is common understanding of the benefits of renewables, relatively little research has been conducted into people's motivations and concerns and what they think about a range of emerging energy scenarios.
The report combines existing academic & public research with survey data from a series of stakeholder and community workshops held in the ACT. The research focused on three future energy scenarios using Ginninderry as an example of a large-scale residential development.
It explores householder attitudes towards:
- Solar PV and battery storage
- A fully electric suburb (no gas)
WIND FARM COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Taking community engagement to the next level through advisory services and in-house delivery for wind farm developers.
• Development of innovative legacy-oriented approaches to community engagement based on successful community development principles and practices.
• Securing collaboration and co-investment in community engagement from construction contractors.
• Integration of 'Construction in the Community' initiatives where local community organisations apply for small scale infrastructure projects which are delivered by the wind farm's construction team.
• Concept-testing, stakeholder engagement and community surveys for benefit sharing and community investment schemes.
• Implementing recommendations from Clean Energy Council's 2018 'Enhancing Positive Social Outcomes from Wind Farm Development' report.
• ANU research collaboration to identify and share knowledge of QED's industry-leading approach.