Western Australian companies Boundary Power and Hybrid Systems Australia have been awarded contracts to deliver over 180 standalone power systems, which will replace 762 kilometres of power lines in the state.
The WA government announced on Tuesday that systems would be rolled out in 2023, with the project budgeted at $37 million. According to a statement from energy minister Bill Johnston, it would be the largest single deployment of its kind in Australia, with benefits including improvement of land amenity for farmers, reduced risk of bushfires, and the creation of 90 new jobs (15 of them apprentices.)
Standalone power solutions (SPS or sometimes SAPS) combine solar and battery for generating, storing and supplying electricity.
“Western Power’s traditional network of poles, wires and substations spread is now transitioning to standalone power system technology as a modern generation mix that better meets the needs of customers,” said Johnston.
Boundary Power – a joint venture between WA utility company Horizon Power and electrical engineering specialist Ampcontrol – said that it would begin installations early next year. The next six months would involve site visits, assembly and testing for the company, which would deliver 101 of its R-Series SPS units.
Director Rod Henderson said in a statement that it was exciting to be a part of the deployment, which would be more efficient and reliable than poles and wires.
“This project demonstrates our strength to work with clients such as Western Power, to provide optimal solutions for their needs,” said Henderson.
“Our team has the expertise to design and engineer from our suite of products. It’s their ability to adapt and re-engineer our designs that set our products apart.”
Boundary Power was formed in early 2021 and has delivered SPS projects at sites in the state including a Broome wastewater plant and a Telstra tower near Esperance. It announced its first east coast customer in April.
Hybrid Systems Australia’s website lists 2015 as the year it began, and completed SPS projects for Bennco Group at Wirrillimarra and Bidiltha, both in collaboration with Magellan Power.
Picture: A R-Series SAPS utility grade system (image credit Boundary Power)
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