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. All of these sources have been used by people for centuries to provide energy as 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 and 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 (front)||30.7 MB|
|Map of renewable energy resources of NSW (back)||32.7 MB|
|Map of bioenergy resources of NSW (A3)||6.7 MB|
|Map of geothermal resources of NSW (A3)||28.8 MB|
|Map of hydro resources of NSW (A3)||16.6 MB|
|Map of ocean resources of NSW (A3)||3.8 MB|
|Map of solar resources of NSW (A3)||3.7 MB|
|Map of wind resources of NSW (A3)||2.7 MB|
We have developed an interactive online platform to view the map which uses ArcGIS mapping software. The platform will evolve over time and is currently at first stage release. Note the system may take a few minutes to load:
About this map
This map was produced by the Geological Survey of New South Wales. It was released in July 2016 and is the first comprehensive statewide renewable energy resource map, documenting NSW’s resource potential and existing infrastructure for solar, wind, geothermal, bioenergy, hydro and ocean resources.
This product has been created to be an informative tool enabling the community to more easily identify and understand the renewable energy and resource potential of the state.
Request a print version
Limited print copies were produced to coincide with the launch of the map. To request print copy email firstname.lastname@example.org
Download project data and metadata
The Renewables energy resources map of NSW project data is available for download from DIGS (Product no. 9197).
Download the map's base layers metadata from this website.
The map should be referenced as follows:
Wade S.L., Barry C.M. & Nelson M.D. (compilers) 2016. Renewable energy map of New South Wales. Geological Survey of New South Wales, Maitland.
This work (with the exception of the Government Coat of Arms, any government owned trade-mark, logo or brand and third party content) is licensed by the NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
Attribution must be given in this form: © State of New South Wales through NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development 2016.
The information contained in this publication is based on knowledge and understanding at the time of compilation (2016). However, because of advances in knowledge, users are reminded of the need to ensure that information upon which they rely is up to date.
NSW Department of Industry takes no responsibility for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of any information in the map (including, without limitation, any of the information provided by third parties) nor for the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of links or references to information sources (including Internet sites) with regard to the map.
While all reasonable care has been taken in the compilation, to the extent permitted by law, NSW Department of Industry, Skills and Regional Development and the State of New South Wales and its employees and agents exclude all liability for the accuracy or completeness of the information, or for any injury, loss, or damage whatsoever (including without limitation liability for negligence and consequential losses) suffered by any person acting, or purporting to act in reliance upon anything contained herein.