The Western Australian government has announced the completion of five solar-powered, stand-alone power systems in Esperance.
Minister for Energy, Mike Nahan, said the previous five systems belonged to Cape Le Grand farmers, John and Val Locke.
"This is a WA-first project offering an innovative solution for customers instead of rebuilding this part of the network, which is more susceptible to adverse weather and other causes of power interruptions,” Nahan said.
"These customers - including the Lockes - are pioneers of these new systems, which will be owned and operated by Horizon Power. The customers will pay the same cost for their electricity supplied by these units as they did previously for power supplied by poles and wires.”
More than 320 power poles and hundreds of kilometres of powerlines were destroyed in the bushfires.
Four customers across five properties have partnered with Horizon Power to construct the sites.
"I commend Horizon Power for identifying that we could offer these customers a solar-powered, stand-alone power system, which incorporates battery technology and is not connected to the grid," he said.
"While the units won't be connected to the network, customers will receive the same service, including being able to call and rely on Horizon Power to respond to any unplanned power interruptions."
The power systems consist of solar panels and batteries.
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