WA invests $37m in standalone power systems

Boundary Power's Kiosk SAPS (standalone power systems)
Boundary Power's Kiosk SAPS

Western Australian Energy Minister Bill Johnston has announced a $37 million roll-out of more than 180 standalone power systems (SAPS) commencing in 2023, revolutionising power supply in regional Western Australia and providing significant economic stimulus for WA-based business.

The deployment marks Australia’s largest single roll-out of standalone power systems and will replace around 762km of overhead powerlines, improve land amenity for farmers and reduce the risk of bushfires. 

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Boundary Power, a joint venture between Western Australian utility Horizon Power and Ampcontrol, has been selected as one of two delivery partners for the construction and delivery of 101 renewable R-Series standalone power systems. 

The local Kewdale-based team will commence site visits, structural assembly, and testing over the next six months with onsite installation to begin in early2023. Drawing on the expertise and proven production strategies of both JV partners, Boundary Power is set to significantly grow to deliver the project, creating around 30 new jobs. 

Boundary Power director Rod Henderson said it was an exciting win to be part of the largest SAPS deployment in Australia.

“This project demonstrates our strength to work with clients such as Western Power, to provide optimal solutions for their needs.

“Boundary Power is proud to play an integral role in Western Power’s SAPS program which supports remote communities by providing a more reliable and cost-effective option through advancing renewable technology rather than traditional poles and wires,” Henderson said. 

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“Our team has the expertise to design and engineer from our suite of products. It’s their ability to adapt and re-engineer our designs that set our products apart.”

With Western Power rolling out standalone power systems on scale never been seen before in Australia and the State Government committed to deploying 1,000 SAPS in the next four years, this project is an important step in the Boundary Power timeline and the overall SAPS industry. 

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