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Regional Renewable Energy Trail

The Renewable Energy Trail is a self-drive guided trail that showcases the diversity of renewable energy infrastructure sites located within the ACT–south-east NSW region.

This region is home to many of the BIGGEST and BEST Renewable Energy Generators in Australia:

  • Australia's largest agriculturally integrated solar PV facility – Mugga Lane Solar Park (13MW)
  • World’s largest parabolic solar thermal dish concentrator – ANU Big Dish (500m2)
  • Australia’s largest hydro-electric generator – Snowy Mountains Scheme (4,100MW)
  • World’s largest bioreactor landfill project – Woodlawn Bioreactor (waste to energy)
  • ACT 'Solar Highway': Fifty kilometres of road ... four solar farms ... 174,340 solar panels

                 - Williamsdale

                 - Royalla

                 - Mugga Lane

                 - Mount Majura

  • NSW’s largest operating wind energy generator – Gullen Range Wind Farm (165.5MW)
  • Southern Hemisphere‘s largest geothermal heat pump – Geoscience Australia (2.5MW)
  • Australia's largest community-owned solar farm project – SolarShare Canberra (1.26MW)

The Renewable Energy Trail offers a multiplicity of renewable energy industry, regional economic development, education, tourism and environmental benefits including:

Support for the Industry 

The Renewable Energy Trail is a form of communication between the industry and regional communities, demonstrating how renewable energy works, its clean green advantages, and its benefits.  The Trail encourages public interest in visiting and engaging with renewable energy technologies, which gives communities a better understanding and appreciation for the industry.

Regional Profiling and Promotion

The Renewable Energy Trail presents the ACT and region as a leader in renewable energy excellence.  The strength and diversity of our renewable energy resources is a comparative advantage of this region, providing the capacity for significant renewable energy generation and ensuing regional economic development benefits.

Education 

The Trail is a resource for students, both school and tertiary - the ultimate school excursion both for local and visiting students.  It can also motivate students to explore renewable energy as a future career path has the potential to be linked in with the development of regionally-relevant School Project Material, particularly for Years 9 and 10 students studying STEM subjects.

Regional Economic Development 

Local investment, new jobs and business growth are the three key advantages that the development of the renewable energy industry brings to regions.   The hosting of renewable energy generation infrastructure within a region ensures investment into that region including through community funding – often managed by Local Councils, as well as payments to host landowners that can be used to invest in local towns and land management practices.

Infrastructure construction brings the opportunity to employ locals – new employment opportunities and the growth of local businesses.  The need for infrastructure maintenance provides a smaller team with on-going employment.

Regional Tourism 

One of the benefits of the Trail to regional communities is visitors who take the Trail experience also call in and spend at local cafes and shops.  Such tourism spending is becoming increasingly recognised as a significant source of revenue for regional towns.  There is global precedent to support the Green Energy Trail concept as being a valued tourism and education resource e.g. www.greenenergytrail.co.uk. 

A Global Resource

The Renewable Energy Trail is being used to showcase Australia’s renewable energy industry and smarts by those who host global delegations to Australia to showcase our potential to export renewable energy services to other countries.

 

Click here to find out more about our RE Trail initiative and for an Interactive Map of all the sites in the region