Horizon Power have sent Fitzgerald River National Park “off grid”, following the installation of a renewable energy system and the removal of all overhead electricity.
The Stand-alone Power system in the National Park is now powering the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions’ ranger station, the office and the workshop complex, prompting the removal of the imposing powerlines stretched across the Culham Inlet.
The system generates and stores electricity through solar panels and a battery, allowing a continuous supply of power regardless of the weather.
The system also features a backup diesel generator.
As well as being an environmentally friendly option for the park and improving its overall appearance, the system also reduces the bushfire risk by removing electrical “poles and wires”.
Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Albany district manager Peter Hartley said the Stand-alone Power system was an ideal solution for the region.
“This system has eliminated the need for over four kilometres of powerlines, some of which crossed over the Culham Inlet in the park,” he said.
“This park is a major tourist attraction and the removal of powerlines and poles adds substantially to the natural beauty of this spectacular location.”
Horizon Power managing director Frank Tudor said the system had enabled the company to be at the forefront of the renewable energy movement.
”We are actively adopting new solutions to provide customers with more choice and control, and are working with the DBCA to expand the number of SPS in the region,” he said.
The system is one of now six that have been successfully operating in the Esperance region over the last 12 months.
The system is also being utilised in the Cape Le Grand National Park, powering facilities at the park’s entrance, two rangers’ houses, workshops and the office complex.