New research by PRD has revealed living within close proximity to renewable energy projects such as wind and solar farms has the ability to create a positive multiplier effect for local regions.

The Renewable Energy and Property Market report revealed six regions with renewable projects constructed in 2017 performed positively since the installation of renewable initiatives.

Over a period of five-years, the report detailed all six regions experienced a median price growth north of 35%, with the highest being Upper Lachlan in Victoria recording a five-year growth figure of 51%.

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PRD Chief Economist Dr Asti Mardiasmo said while residing within 100 metres of a renewable energy plant may not be ideal, the surrounding area strongly benefits through the drop in energy prices.

“While the fiscal growth solely from proximal plants is small - 3% across the properties' lifespan - it can significantly raise a region’s property value,” Dr Mardiasmo said.

"The average price growth over the past one, two, and five years has been 6.5%, 7.8%, and 41.0%, according to data on previous renewable energy projects.

"This is largely because rising inflation and economic growth have increased living expenses, making any decrease in expenses especially power, a significant deciding factor when choosing where to buy real estate."

Electricity prices are tipped to increase a minimum 35% in 2023 having already increased 25% since April, which may add another spanner in the works for potential homebuyers when considering the region they look to call home. 

Which regions will receive a boost from future projects?

PRD revealed the regions of Melton and Greater Bendigo in Victoria, and Upper Lachlan and Lithgow in New South Wales are forecast to offer the greatest growth over the next five years based on future renewable projects. 

Tailored to these regions, planned projects in Victoria include Willatook Wind Farm and Melton Renewable Energy Hub both worth $800 million, while Merriwa Solar Farm in New South Wales is worth $1.61 billion. 

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Recent research by InvestorKit revealed the markets of Rockhampton, Toowoomba, Tamworth-Armidale, Dubbo, and Latrobe Valley are anticipated to be next to receive a boost following major renewable projects. 

Founder and head of research at InvestorKit Arjun Paliwal noted each renewable energy project creates hundreds, and even thousands of jobs, particularly in its construction phase.

“This will see increased demand for housing in regional areas, a revitalisation of regional surrounding towns as new ‘locals’ bring money to hospitality and retail businesses, and an overall strengthening of its property market," Mr Paliwal said.


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