1. Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

    Utility Pays for Rural Power Lines to be Replaced with Solar-Plus-Storage for Remote Farms

    While the rest of the developed world discusses the prospect of how storage will transform grids and utilities, the state government of Western Australia is getting on with it – by replacing 54 km of ageing power lines and poles with off-grid solar and storage systems at 14 farms. These systems are standalone solar and battery systems that include a back-up diesel generator in case more power is needed. As well as replacing ageing grid infrastructure, the transition reduces the risk of bushfires caused by lightning strikes and of incidents related to the operation of farm machinery near electricity lines.

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    1. 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.
    2. Traditional electricity lines that run more than 50 km through remote bushland face all kinds of hazards, like falling trees, lightning strikes, high winds and incidents with farm machinery.
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