What is renewable energy?
Renewable energy is energy obtained from natural resources that can be constantly replenished.
This map shows the sources of renewable energy in NSW – sunlight, wind, waves, biomass, water and heat from the Earth. It also shows small-scale solar and pumped hydro information and the renewable energy project pipeline. Renewable energy sources have been used by people for centuries to provide heat or mechanical energy.
Beginning in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, we have developed technologies to harness these sustainable, inexhaustible and low-emission sources to generate electricity. They will play an increasingly important role in electricity generation throughout the 21st century.
With abundant world-class renewable energy resources, New South Wales is well placed to make this transition.
|Map of renewable energy resources of NSW (back) (PDF, 44.41 MB)|
|Map of renewable energy resources of NSW (front) (PDF, 21.18 MB)|
High school teaching resources and a student work sheet based on this map can be found under Resources at https://ausearthed.com.au/nsw/earth-enviro-science/.
We have developed an interactive online platform to view the map that uses ArcGIS mapping software.
- Renewable energy resources of New South Wales - basic viewer
- Renewable energy resources of New South Wales - advanced viewer
About this map
This map was produced by the Geological Survey of New South Wales. First released in 2016 and updated in November 2017 and January 2019, the map comprehensively documents NSW potential and existing infrastructure for solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, hydro and wave resources. It also shows small-scale solar and pumped hydro information and the renewable energy project pipeline.
This product is designed to be an informative tool enabling the community to easily identify and understand the renewable energy and resource potential of the state.
Request a print version
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Download project data and metadata
The Renewables energy resources map of NSW project data is available for download from DIGS (Product no. 9197).
Contact us if you wish to download the map's base layers metadata.