It is reported that a new USD 100,000 report has identified Muswellbrook and Singleton as future renewable energy hubs.
The Upper Hunter Diversification Report was commissioned by the six Upper Hunter councils, co funded by the State Government and is being released to Singleton councillors this week.
It attempts to signal where the Hunter jobs will come from over the next 25 years and as the coal boom subsides.
Singleton Council Ms Salena Avard said because of the skilled mine labour force in Muswellbrook and Singleton, the towns would be perfect for the production of renewable energy technologies.
She said "Singleton has a really fantastic set of skills that are associated both with the mining industry but professional services and all sorts of support industries."
She added that "I think there is an opportunity for us to have a look at where we can transfer those skills. Everyone recognizes that the mining industry is going to be here for some time yet but certainly life after mining is a consideration of this report."