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Zero Emissions Suburbs

The ACT Government is committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2045 at the latest. To help meet this important milestone, the SLA has set out a roadmap to achieving zero emissions suburbs and precincts in the newest areas of Canberra. Read our Sustainability Strategy to find out how you can help us to reduce our energy footprint. 


  • Work towards the creation of zero emissions suburbs and urban precincts
  • Support industry and residents to build sustainable homes
  • Support sustainable modes of transport

Sustainability Snapshots


Jacka will be a greenfield suburb aiming to demonstrate innovative and sustainable initiatives. Jacka is on track to be the second all-electric suburb in the ACT with the potential to mandate solar panels and home energy management system for each dwelling.

The SLA Sustainability team is also leading an innovative community-scale energy storage initiative to be located in Jacka. The initiative aims to investigate the potential to trial and demonstrate the value of one of the first community-scale energy storage systems on the east coast of Australia.

Community-scale batteries are unique in size and location in the network enabling the potential to benefit multiple stakeholders including the local community, the battery operator, and the network.

Jacka Community-Scale Battery Initiative

The Jacka Battery Initiative: Community-Scale Battery Storage System is a key initiative under our Sustainability Strategy 2021-25, which has a key focus to strive towards zero emissions suburbs.

Community-scale batteries can play an important role in Australia’s energy transition. We have been working with the ANU, Evoenergy and other key stakeholders to investigate the feasibility of various battery energy storage options. We also hosted a Concept Design Workshop to co-design an appropriate business model and project requirements. 

More recently, we undertook a Market Sounding process further seeking industry input into the project’s design and development. The findings from the Market Sounding process have been summarised into a report to guide the next steps of the project.

We are now seeking responses to an Expression of Interest (EOI), the first step in a two-stage tender process, for a head contractor for the Jacka Battery Initiative: Community-Scale Battery Storage System. Applications close at 2pm (Local ACT time), Tuesday 17 January 2023.

View the details of the tender on the Tenders ACT website.

Following evaluations of applications received to the EOI, respondents may be shortlisted and asked to apply for the second stage of the tender in 2023. 

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Whitlam Energy Rebate

Whitlam residents are encouraged to reduce energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuels with an exclusive rebate package.

In Canberra solar-powered all-electric homes can save households up to $18,000 over ten years (Renew, 2018).

When households disconnect (or not connect at all) to gas, they can save in gas connection and supply costs as well as the avoided consumption costs. Electrical appliances are much more energy efficient than they used to be, using less energy for the same (if not better) service, comfort, reliability and make your home more sustainable reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

To receive the rebate, Whitlam residents will need to:

  • avoid connecting to the gas network (don’t worry, you can still have a gas bottle for your outdoor BBQ)
  • have a light-coloured roof which helps to cool down your roof and the surrounding area
  • install a 5 kW solar PV system on your roof
  • install an electric or solar hot water system (heat pump hot water systems can be up to 5 times more efficient than other electric or gas systems)
  • install electric cooking (induction cooktops have great temperature range reducing average cooking times)
  • install electric heating and cooling systems (reverse cycle split system air conditioners both heat and cool reducing the need for pipes and ducts around your home)
  • invest in energy monitoring or management (keep an eye on your generation and consumption to avoid bill shock)
  • future-proof your home with a dedicated electrical circuit for an electric vehicle (upfront installation will save you money as retrofits can be expensive)

For more information, and for eligibility requirements and terms and conditions, click here.  

ANU Project

In the second half of 2020, SLA supported a group of Masters students investigate how a proposed community battery project in Jacka could be transformed from concept to reality.

The cross-disciplinary students from the 3A institute (3Ai) were tasked to explore how a technological system could be safely, reliably and sustainably scaled using mixed method research techniques including unstructured discussions, semi-structured discussions, surveys, and other 3Ai tools and techniques.

The Jacka community battery proposal made an interesting case study with the group focusing on values approach to unlocking the full potential of the technology, with a specific focus on the community.

In summary, the group produced a fantastic report with six key recommendations, including: 1) early community engagement; 2) clear and concise communication on how the system works; 3) focus on the values the technology can provide rather than the models or functions; 4) consider an all in approach to enable each resident have equal access to a shared resource; 5) appearance and placement matter; and lastly, 6) interfaces matter.

The group also developed a ‘Tamagotchi’-type prototype which aimed to make energy in the home more visible in a fun and interactive way.


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