Savings & Income
It is proposed that Anglesea residents who purchase electricity from Repower Anglesea (via its retailer) will receive a discount on their electricity bill. It is also proposed that part of Repower Anglesea be owned by community members either as shareholders or as members of an energy co-operative. Either way, financial returns could fund community activities and provide income to investors. Given the scale of the proposal, it is envisaged that a partnership with developers and financiers will be required.
Jobs, Tourism & Business
Repower Anglesea will create jobs in construction and installation, operation and maintenance, and in tourism and education. Showcasing how the transition to renewable energy can take place with community involvement and positive economic outcomes, Repower Anglesea will attract visitors and lengthen visitor stays on the Great Ocean Road. Educational programs will attract school groups and support local school camps. More visitors to Anglesea and longer stays in the area will support local businesses.
By generating enough renewable energy to power Anglesea for the whole year, Repower Anglesea will reduce annual carbon emissions by 32,127 tonnes. In addition, Repower Anglesea will raise environmental awareness and provide environmental education to visitors of all ages. In keeping with its environmental ethos, Repower Anglesea will ensure that the scale of development is appropriate for the site, help maintain water quality in the Anglesea River and remain sensitive to other land uses.