WA to install 180 standalone power systems in 2023

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The Western Australian government is deploying more than 180 standalone power systems (SPS) worth $37 million in 2023. 

Led by WA contractors Boundary Power and Hybrid Systems Australia, the project will replace approximately 762 kilometres of overhead powerlines, making it the largest single rollout of SPS in the country.

It is also expected to improve land amenity for farmers and reduce fire risks. 

Energy Minister Bill Johnston said the project will create 90 jobs for WA residents, including more than 15 apprentice positions. Local businesses will also be tapped to provide services in the manufacturing, installation, and commissioning of units. 

“Western Power’s traditional network of poles, wires and substations spread is now transitioning to standalone power system technology as a modern generation mix that better meets the needs of customers,” Johnston noted. 

SPS offers a more cost-effective renewable energy supply to customers in regional and remote areas, including Katanning, Wagin, and Narrogin in the southwest, Merredin in the east, and Latham in the northeast.

Johnston said the WA government is committed to deploying 1,000 SPS units in the next four years.