Western Australia Minister for Energy Ben Wyatt
Stand-Alone Power Bring Opportunities For Western Australia Companies
Victor P Taffa
- Up to 60 Stand-alone Power Systems to be installed in demonstration project
- Regional locations have been selected throughout the Western Power network
- Opportunities for Western Australia companies to supply equipment, systems and maintenance during the trial period
- Stand-alone Power Systems will be installed and operational in 2019
Energy Minister Ben Wyatt has given Western Power the green light to conduct a large demonstration for its Stand-alone Power Systems (SPS) project within part of the South West Interconnected Network.
“Delivering efficient, safe and reliable power to the rural and remote parts of Western Australia is challenging. Long stretches of power lines are at the mercy of wind, rain, vegetation, lightning and bushfires. As a Government-owned utility, Western Power is actively seeking ways to improve reliability for all customers.” Minister for Energy Ben Wyatt said.
“Adoption of new and advanced technologies also opens the door for new skills across the energy sector and the potential for new jobs.”
Project will involve up to 60 locations in regional areas and represents the largest installation of SPS units in the State. The project builds on the successful trial of the technology on 6 properties in the Great Southern completed in 2017.
With all of the identified customers engaged, Western Power is now about to commence its open tender procurement process for the demonstration project. This provides exciting opportunities for Western Australian companies to supply and install equipment and systems, with national and global interest expected.
Locations were identified based on the age and condition of assets, network topography and customer load usage profiles, plus the fact they are now due for significant maintenance works. The project will help identify optimal configuration of battery, renewable energy and diesel generation technology.
In parallel to Western Power’s SPS project, the Minister has also asked the Public Utilities Office to identify regulatory changes that will allow greater use of SPS as a low cost solution to poles and wires in delivering more reliable services in regional areas.