Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

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

    Australian-first power solution for regional mobile tower

    3/02/2022 12:00 PM
    • Horizon Power partners with Telstra to strengthen mobile phone coverage 
    • Standalone Power System powers Telstra mobile tower north-east of Esperance
    • McGowan Government is delivering 1,000 SPS units over five years

    Energy Minister Bill Johnston was in Esperance today to officially launch Australia's first remote mobile communications tower powered by a standalone power system (SPS).


    Horizon Power has partnered with Telstra to bolster the resilience of regional telecommunications. The SPS will also reduce carbon emissions and improve community safety.


    The SPS unit is powered by eight kilowatt (kW) solar panels, a 16.8kW hour battery and a 26kW back-up generator, which together can deliver 12kW of continuous power.


    This will enable the tower to continue operating during natural disasters and emergencies, which may impact a traditional network of poles and wires - keeping the local community connected and informed at crucial times.


    The system was delivered by Horizon Power and its joint venture partner, Boundary Power, and is an example of one the many commercial opportunities that can be leveraged by off-grid technology.


    In addition to this program, the McGowan Government has committed to delivering 1,000 standalone power systems over five years across regional Western Australia and in remote Aboriginal communities.


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "Western Australia continues to lead the way in the green energy revolution, with Horizon Power becoming the first utility to prove the viability of SPS.


    "This installation strengthens communications resilience in the area, which is at particular risk during natural disasters.


    "The Esperance bushfires in 2015, which temporarily wiped out mobile phone coverage in the region, highlighted the need for a more robust and reliable power source.  


    "I'm pleased that Telstra is working with Horizon Power to keep the Esperance community safe, and hope to see SPS implemented at remote towers across the State in the future."


    Minister's office - 6552 6700