The Zayed Future Energy Prize is an annual global award which recognises and supports innovation and leadership in renewable energy and sustainability. Huonville High was one of 14 schools world-wide to make the finals for Global High Schools. Two other high schools from Fiji and Samoa competed for the $US 100,000 prize for the Oceania Region 2017. A jury of international experts chaired by HE Olafur Ragnar Grimson, President of the Republic of Iceland, selected the winners which were announced in the United Arab Emirates in January 2017.
 
Huonville High School's submission included installing additional solar panels with monitoring displays, constructing a windmill and bio-digester, creating a pedal powered cinema and charging station, retro-fitting the Zayed Energy Hub into a 6 star energy efficient research centre and offering a pilot energy assessment course for year 11 and 12 students.

The project has engaged community enterprise and business innovation with support from TasNetworks and Greening Australia. It has created an enormous platform of community partnerships and support increasing the opportunities and value this project has. The prize is now allowing students to be involved with sustainable and energy efficient practices in their education, creating a more aware society on sustainable global issues.
 
The Zayed Huon Energy Futures Team and the Zayed Futures Energy Prize Project aim to engage in renewable energy practices with all members of the school and and then the wider Huon Valley and Tasmanian community. The vision is to create a global blueprint for schools to address future planning for renewable energy issues.