WA announces $26 million for renewables manufacturing in upcoming budget 

The Western Australian government has announced $18.4 million for an additional 50 standalone power systems to be installed by Horizon Power.

In a statement on Wednesday, the WA government said that it was committing the funds to the state budget, as well as another $8 million “to support local businesses to manufacture wind turbine components.” The budget is set be delivered on May 9, 

Standalone power solutions (SPS or sometimes SAPS) combine solar and battery for generating, storing and supplying electricity.

According to the joint statement from premier Roger Cook and others, the government had already installed 56 locally-built SPS in regional WA locations, allowing for the removal of around 184 kilometres of overhead power lines.

“Standalone Power Systems will play an important role in Western Australia’s decarbonisation journey,” said energy minister Reece Whitby.

Contractors for the power systems or wind turbine components were not given. 

The state government has previously contracted Boundary Power (a joint venture between WA utility company Horizon Power and electrical engineering specialist Ampcontrol) as well as Hybrid Systems Australia for regional SPS rollouts.

Picture: credit Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission

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