Power to people as towns go it alone

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Pindar, Mullewa and Tardun residents can look forward to a more reliable power supply next summer, according to Western Power.

A Western Power spokesman said it had finished scoping and site preparations for the delivery of 57 standalone power supply systems as part of a regional reliability strategy.

“Over the coming months we will begin installing the SPS units to customers across the Western Power grid which includes sites around Mullewa (four units), Tardun (two units), and Pindar (one unit),” he said.

“We are focused on investing in our crews to continue upskilling them ready to serve the community’s power needs into the future, especially through projects that use non-traditional solutions like SPS.”

He was referring to a new program Training Minister Sue Ellery announced to upskill its energy utility workers in new energy technology solutions.

“On Monday, 12 Western Power and Horizon Power electricity supply industry distribution powerlines and cable jointing workers commenced a 12-month program at North Metropolitan TAFE to become trade qualified electrical fitters,” she said.

“Once qualified, the employees will be able to operate, maintain and repair standalone power systems, which combine solar, battery and diesel generation.”

The decision to supply standalone power in Mullewa and Perenjori came after persistent lobbying by Member for Moore Shane Love, later joined by the City of Greater Geraldton.

“Given a long history of disruption people in the Mid West have endured, it is a great outcome to see these standalone power units being developed,” Mr Love said.

“The whole thing is about being more self-reliant for power, and having community members involved in that would further that self-reliance,” he said.

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