The Western Australian Government has announced a $37 million rollout of over 180 standalone power systems (SPS) in 2023 to help boost power supply in regional areas.
The deployment marks Australia’s largest single rollout of SPS and will replace around 762km of overhead powerlines, improve land amenity for farmers and reduce the risk of bushfires.
Successful contractors for the rollout are Western Australian companies Boundary Power and Hybrid Systems Australia.
Western Australian Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said these new contracts will create 90 jobs, including more than 15 apprentice positions, for Western Australians and support local businesses through the manufacture, installation and commissioning of the units.
“Western Power’s traditional network of poles, wires and substations is now transitioning to standalone power system technology as a modern generation mix that better meets the needs of customers,” Mr Johnston said.
“The Western Australian Government is committed to deploying 1,000 SPS in the next four years.”
SPS provide a more reliable, cost-effective and greener power supply to customers in regional and remote areas including Katanning, Wagin and Narrogin in the south-west, Merredin in the east and Latham in the north-east.
SPS use renewable energy which is more efficient and reliable than traditional poles and wires in supplying electricity to regional and remote households and businesses.