Place

Up to 50 locations across WA

Investment

$9.9 million

Key Dates :

Commencing September 2020

Benefits :

Reliable, safe off-grid power supply for customers in remote locations.

Project overview

The more remote the location, the more critical it is to have a safe, reliable source of power. These standalone power systems will operate independently from the main electricity network and provide renewable energy via solar panels, battery storage, an inverter and a backup generator. Each system will be customised to the needs of our end-of-grid customers.

Not only are these systems cleaner and greener, they’re safer too. With no poles and wires to maintain, they reduce the risk of bushfires and minimise farming hazards.

    What's happening now

    Installs underway

    Our first 16 Renew the Regions SPS units have been installed and customer connections have kicked off.

    We’ll be de-energising our poles and wires on this spur east of Esperance very soon, so watch this space for updates!

    What's happening now

    We're on site!

    Boundary Power began installing the first of 45 SPS destined for the Goldfields Esperance region on sites east of Esperance in late May.

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    What's happening now

    Pre-works have started

    We’re pleased to announce that surveying and pre-installation works have commenced on sites around Esperance, with first unit installations expected to commence in May.

    What's happening now

    Locations identified

    We’ve identified our preferred SPS sites across the Kimberley, Pilbara, Gascoyne Mid West and Goldfields Esperance regions, and now we’re working through final site assessments and customer confirmations.

    What's happening now

    Units and training underway

    Our lead contractor, Boundary Power, is busy assembling our SPS units—and they’re looking good!

    We’re also upskilling our Horizon Power linesmen from Esperance, Port Hedland and Karratha so they can continue to deliver service excellence to all of our customers.

    What's happening now

    Local jobs

    We’re committed to providing commercial opportunities to regional suppliers, so we’ve engaged local contractors to undertake surveying, fencing, electrical services, civil works and more to help us deliver this exciting program of works.

    We’ve already created nine new roles as a result of this Renew the Regions project, including two apprenticeship opportunities.

    Become a regional supplier

    What does this mean for my community?

    Reduced Carbon Emissions
    Will save approximately ~128,950 CO2-e a year compared to a traditional network.
    Community First
    Creates local jobs through the delivery phase of the project.
    Safer Communities
    With no dangerous poles or wires to inspect or maintain, it reduces the fire risk for communities and improves safety for employees.
    Greater Reliability
    Reduces the risk of unplanned outages from several days a year, to less than 30 minutes a year.