NSW launches renewable energy map

To highlight the state’s abundant renewable energy resources and attract additional investment in renewables to New South Wales, the Department of Industry has developed its first Renewable Energy Resource Map.

Officially launched at the 2016 Clean Energy Summit, the NSW Renewable Energy Resource Map showcases the state’s potential for solar, wind, geothermal, hydro, ocean and bioenergy, as well as providing information on the 210 renewable electricity generation sites currently operating in the state.

By identifying and promoting the state’s renewable energy resource base Division of Resources and Energy’s Geological Survey of NSW executive director Dr Chris Yeats said industry is giving investors, developers, market researchers and planners the information to scope out opportunities to invest.

“Renewable resources are forecast to play an increasingly important role in power generation in the 21st century. With abundant and diverse renewable resources, NSW is well placed to make this transition,” he said.

The Map, which is available in hard copy and online, provides information in an easy- to-understand format and will also be a valuable tool for the NSW community and high school students studying the sources and availability of renewable energy in the state. Access to geospatial datasets is provided online.

“The Renewable Energy Resources Map provides an overview of the state’s potential as well as a snapshot of where current NSW renewable energy projects are located, their size, the amount of power generated and also details employment in these expanding industries,” Dr Yeats said.