Customer

Adrian Perks – Horizon Power customer

Location

Condingup, 68 kilometres east of Esperance, Western Australia

Situation

Crop farmer Adrian Perks and his family crop 4,000 hectares of farmland 68 kilometres east of Esperance. Located on a lengthy distribution spur line, power outages and fluctuations were frequent.

As crop farmers, having power poles and wires running through their paddocks presented a number of issues and hazards including:

  • Farm machinery colliding with power poles, particularly during seeding and harvesting when machines operate at night, risking:
    • peoples’ safety
    • machinery damage
    • power pole damage
  • Ongoing pest control and weed management requirements as part of needing to leave a two to three metre buffer around each pole.
  • Pole top fires caused by:
    • dust on the wires
    • extreme weather events
    • bird collisions
  • Aerial sprayers clipping power lines.

Solution

Design and deploy a customised Stand-alone Power System (SAPS) combining solar photovoltaic panels, advanced battery storage technology and back-up generation to power:

  • Homestead
  • Worker’s accommodation
  • Workshop

Specifications: R-Series SAPS

  • 16.2 kW of solar panels
  • 25.2 kWh of battery storage
  • 15 kVA of back-up diesel generation
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