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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.”

Charlotte Pordage is Editor of Utility magazine, a position she has held since November 2018. She joined the team as an Associate Editor in October 2017, after sharpening her writing and editing skills across a range of print and digital publications. Charlotte graduated from Royal Holloway, University of London, in 2011 with joint honours in English and Latin. When she's not putting together Australia's only dedicated utility magazine, she can usually be found riding her horse or curled up with a good book.

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