Western Power is planning to roll out an additional 100 standalone power system (SPS) units in the Mid-West, Goldfields, eastern Wheatbelt and the Great Southern regions for round two of the SPS project.
The SPS project follows the success of a pilot trial in 2016, which significantly improved power reliability with customers avoiding more than 200 hours of power interruptions.
Round one of the SPS project involved installing 57 SPS units in 2020.
Energy Minister, Bill Johnston, said, “The State Government is committed to revitalising our energy sector, and ensuring our system provides reliable and safe power, while utilising new and emerging technologies.
“Standalone power systems provide an economical alternative to replacing poles and wires in many low population density rural areas.
“To further support this, I’m driving legislative change through the Electricity Industry Amendment Bill 2019, which includes provisions for the use of new technologies in Western Power’s network, specifically standalone power systems and energy storage devices.”