Regional Development and Lands Minster Terry Redman saw first-hand last week how power reliability and sustainability had improved as part of Horizon Power’s innovative standalone power system project.
During a visit to Esperance, Mr Redman joined Nationals WA Candidate for the Agricultural Region Colin de Grussa and Horizon Power staff to see the new solar powered system, which is not connected to poles and wires, at the Cape Le Grand National Park.
Mr Redman, a supporter of renewable energy, wanted to see some of the five systems built in the wake of the Esperance bush fires which devastated parts of the region in late 2015.
The Esperance visit coincided with the launch of the State Government Are You Bushfire Ready 2016 campaign, which is designed to raise awareness about the need to be prepared for bushfires this summer.
Horizon Power lost many kilometres of power lines in last year’s fires.
The five stand-alone systems were developed and commissioned within six months of the fires, as part of the restoration program.