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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 on the following links to find out more about our RE Trail initiative:

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  • SolarANU Big Dish

    World's largest parabolic solar thermal dish concentrator.

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  • SolarMount Majura Solar Farm

    First Australian Solar Farm to incorporate NEXTracker - an innovative self-powered, horizontal single-axis solar tracking system

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  • WindWoodlawn Wind Farm

    Home of Run with the Wind - a community fun run at a wind farm

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  • POICIT Renewable Energy Centre and ITP Battery Test Centre
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  • HydroGoogong Mini Hydro

    The hydro system powers Googong Water Treatment Plant and raw water pumping station when in operation. Power generation is exported to the local distribution network when the treatment plant and pump station are in standby.

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  • WindBoco Rock Wind Farm

    The first wind farm to be constructed in magnificent Snowy Mountains between Nimmitabel and Bombala in NSW.

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  • WindCapital Wind Farm

    Capital Wind Farm is located in one of the most picturesque settings overlooking Lake George, NSW.

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  • WindCrookwell Wind Farm

    Australia’s largest and first grid-connected wind farm when commissioned in 1998.

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  • WindCullerin Range Wind Farm

    Cullerin Range Wind Farm is the only wind farm in the region to feature German-manufactured Senvion turbines.

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  • GeoGeoscience Australia

    One of the Southern Hemisphere's largest ground source heat pump systems.

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  • WindGullen Range Wind Farm

    NSW's largest operating wind energy generator

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  • WindGunning Wind Farm

    Gunning Wind Farm is unique in that the entire wind farm is hosted by just one landowner.

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  • SolarMugga Lane Solar Park

    Australia's largest agriculturally-integrated solar PV park features both fixed and single-axis tracking arrays.

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  • SolarRoyalla Solar Farm

    Largest photovoltaic plant in Australia when commissioned in 2014

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  • HydroSnowy Hydro Discovery Centre

    Australia's largest hydro-electric generator

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  • HydroSnowy Hydro Murray 1 and 2 Visitor Centres

    Australia's largest hydro-electric generator

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  • WindTaralga Wind Farm

    Majestic wind turbines create a picture-perfect backdrop to historic Taralga village.

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  • SolarWilliamsdale Solar Farm

    The Williamsdale Solar Farm contributes to ACT's 100% renewable energy target located on the Monaro Highway which is increasingly becoming known as the 'Solar' Highway.

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  • BioWoodlawn Bioreactor

    One of the largest purpose-built bioreactor landfill projects in the world

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  • POICanberra and Region Visitors Centre

    Canberra's official and fully accredited tourism information centre is operated by VisitCanberra for the benefit of tourists and locals alike.

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  • POIQuestacon

    The National Science and Technology Centre. With over 200 educational and interactive exhibits, Questacon seeks to make science and technology fun for all.

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  • POITesla Supercharger Station

    Australia's first Tesla Supercharger Station is located at Goulburn Visitor's Information Centre car park and contains 8 charging stations.

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  • POIMarys Mount Road Solar Street Lights

    When established in 2012, the 3km stretch of road was the single largest solar powered streetlighting project for a council owned and maintained road in Australia.

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  • POICSIRO Discovery Centre

    The CSIRO Discovery Centre offers an engaging interactive renewable energy display for families to enjoy. Come and learn how energy is generated

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  • POISnowy Scheme Museum Adaminaby

    The Snowy Mountains Scheme Museum celebrates the builders and machinery of Australia's nation-building project.

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  • POIMugga Lane Landfill Gas

    Mugga Lane Resource Management Centre is home to the majority of Canberra Waste. The Methane generated from the Landfill is harnessed to generate energy.

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  • POIAmaroo School rooftop solar PV system

    Largest roof mounted solar panel system in the ACT

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  • POIGinninderry

    The region's first 6 star Green Star rated community

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  • HydroMt Stromlo Mini Hydro

    The Mount Stromlo Water Treatment Plant (SWTP) hosts a 1x 630kW grid-connected mini hydro system.

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