03/07/2012 03:15 EST | Updated 05/07/2012 05:12 EDT

New Brunswick Hydro, Solar Energy Projects Mapped

FREDERICTON - The New Brunswick government has unveiled a pair of maps that it says pinpoint the best locations in the province for renewable energy projects.

The so-called energy atlases were created with help from Yves Gagnon, who holds the K.C. Irving chair in sustainable development at the University of Moncton.

The government says the atlases indicate the potential for hydro and solar energy development.

Energy Minister Craig Leonard says the government wants to make it easy for the industry, developers and homeowners to get the information they need.

The province has committed to a goal of 40 per cent renewable energy generation by 2020.

The maps can be viewed on the department's website.