SPS Round 1 follows the success of the 2016 Trial where we installed stand-alone power systems at six properties in the Great Southern region. We are now extending our deployment of SPS to better understand how the systems can be used at scale in a range of locations across our grid. Participants can expect greater reliability and power quality of supply, with the long-term aim of removing the aging poles and wires from their property entirely.
Fifty-two sites were identified that meet the required eligibility criteria. These locations are serviced by more than 230km of overhead distribution powerlines - that’s four kilometres of powerline per property, all of which needs to be replaced at a significant cost in the coming year.
Participants also come from a more varied energy consumption background, allowing us to deploy a more diverse set of SPS configurations and sizes.
Did you know, one SPS unit can power an entire farming property, making them a game-changer for rural customers.
Combining solar panels with a battery and back-up generator, the SPS units provide locally generated power.
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It takes less than 24 hours for a freezer half full of food to defrost.
So if your property sits at the end of a long spur line, where power outages can occur fairly frequently, you can often come home to an unpleasant smelling fridge or freezer. That was the case for Three Springs farmer, Ian McKenna.
So when we approached Ian about installing a stand-alone power system (SPS) on his property, he was delighted.
“I knew about the Ravensthorpe trial and thought it sounded great, so I’d been hoping it would come here".
With thousands of kilometres of long power lines across WA, SPS is a game changer for energy supply in regional WA.
With solar panels, a battery and diesel generator back-up, SPS lets rural properties generate their own renewable and reliable energy. It is a safer, more reliable and more economical alternative to replacing poles and wires in many remote and isolated areas.
Our SPS projects have transformed energy supply for our rural customers.