Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Reliable, safe Micro Power Systems for Esperance farmers

    5/03/2019 6:30 AM
    • Work about to start for stand-alone Micro Power Systems in Esperance region
    • 13 solar and battery technology units will replace 54km of ageing power lines 

    The McGowan Government is continuing its roll out of off-grid renewable systems to deliver a safer, more cost efficient and reliable power supply to remote customers in the Esperance region.


    Site works to prepare for the installation of 13 Micro Power Systems (MPS) across 14 properties (with one system to service two properties) will commence in April. 


    MPS are stand-alone power systems that consist of solar and battery technology, and include a back-up diesel generator, in case more power is needed.


    They will replace about 54 kilometres of ageing power lines, reducing the risk of bushfires caused by lightning strikes as well as risks associated with farm machinery.


    Customers will not have to pay extra for the systems. They will pay the same tariff that currently applies for electricity from the overhead network.


    Perth company, CPS National, will deliver and install the systems, which will be fully operational by the end of the year.


    For more information, visit https://horizonpower.com.au/our-community/projects/mps/


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The MPS project for Esperance highlights the McGowan Government's commitment to transitioning to renewable energy technologies at the lowest cost possible to taxpayers.


    "These farmers are at the fringe of the power grid, east of Esperance and the Condingup area, where reliability isn't as good and power outages take longer to restore.


    "The MPS will provide the farmers with more reliable and safe power that will cost the State less to provide."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700