Esperance farmers get micro power systems

Eight stand-alone power systems have now been installed in Esperance and Exmouth, Western Australia. In remote areas, the advanced MPS is a viable alternative to maintaining or replacing the overhead network

The Western Australian Government is continuing its roll out of off-grid renewable systems to deliver a safer, more cost efficient and reliable power supply to remote customers in the Esperance region.

Site works to prepare for the installation of 13 Micro Power Systems (MPS) across 14 properties (with one system to service two properties) will commence in April.

MPS are stand-alone power systems that consist of solar and battery technology, and include a back-up diesel generator, in case more power is needed.

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They will replace about 54 kilometres of ageing power lines, reducing the risk of bushfires caused by lightning strikes as well as risks associated with farm machinery.

Customers will not have to pay extra for the systems. They will pay the same tariff that currently applies for electricity from the overhead network.

Perth company CPS National will deliver and install the systems, which will be fully operational by the end of the year.

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WA Energy Minister Bill Johnston says the MPS will provide the farmers with more reliable and safe power that will cost the state less to provide.

“These farmers are at the fringe of the power grid, east of Esperance and the Condingup area, where reliability isn’t as good and power outages take longer to restore,” he said.

MPS are the next generation of advanced technology specially designed for Horizon Power to provide selected rural customers with more reliable electricity without the need to be connected to the overhead electricity network.