AGL assists WA SPS rollout

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AGL will help transform energy reliability in Western Australia’s regional communities, after being appointed as a supplier by Western Power to deliver Australia’s largest rollout of stand-alone power systems (SPS).

The $17 million program, developed by state-owned corporation Western Power, will replace around 330km of overhead powerlines with stand-alone power systems, providing continuous, efficient off-grid power.

AGL general manager for commercial and industrial customers, Ryan Warburton, said AGL is excited to work with Western Power on this important project, which will improve how regional households and businesses connect.

“As self-sufficient generators, stand-alone power systems utilise solar and battery technology to improve reliability and provide a cleaner source of electricity,” Mr Warburton said.

“Our regional and remote communities face some of the most challenging connection issues, with regular outages, longer fault response times and vulnerability to extreme weather events frequently impacting supply.

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“This roll-out will help make these issues a thing of the past and ensure communities from Kalbarri to Albany have energy they can rely on.

“AGL has been a supplier of stand-alone power systems for three years, successfully overseeing 54 stand-alone power systems in the Cooper’s Basin project for Santos.

“As part of AGL’s Climate Statement, we are committed to supporting Australia’s energy transition through technologies, like stand-alone systems, which lower emissions and have a meaningful impact on communities.”

Since acquiring Perth Energy in 2019, AGL have continued to expand in WA, providing electricity and gas solutions for more than 1500 business customers, alongside residential gas.

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Western Power CEO Ed Kalajzic said Western Power had been on an innovative drive to evolve the south-west grid to meet the changing energy demands of our customers, now and in the future.

“We’re ahead of many other energy utilities in implementing new technologies and are leading the way to a cleaner and more resilient energy supply for the next generation and SPS is an excellent example of how we’re achieving this,” he said.

“Since we began the Great Southern trial in 2016, the project has rapidly progressed due to the fantastic outcomes it realises for our customers and the cost savings it means in infrastructure maintenance and renewal.

“We’re proud to have Australian private industry such as AGL helping to deliver part of our project. Together we’re contributing to WA’s economic growth and meeting our community’s needs through the use of alternative technologies.”

AGL has also been chosen as one of five companies to be included on Western Power’s panel of preferred suppliers, providing priority access for bidding on new tenders until the end of 2022.