“Based on weather conditions, I could usually predict when we might expect a power outage,” Mandy said, “which was useful, particularly if I was wanting to experiment with a new recipe.”
“Now that we have the SAPS, the weather is no longer a consideration in what or when I cook.”
Two years on, the Chapman’s are a testimony to both the benefits SAPS is providing households in regional areas, as well as the improvements in farm safety and efficiencies which have come with the removal of power poles and wires from their paddocks.
“It’s easier and more efficient to operate the machinery in the paddocks now that the power poles have been removed,” Nick Chapman said.
“Particularly during seeding and harvesting times when we are working in the paddocks throughout the night the risk of colliding with a power pole can increase.”
With a back-up generator which kicks in to supplement the supply of power, particularly on cloudy days, Nick said they no longer have to worry about the power going out during crucial times, such as shearing season.
“Before SAPS, if we lost power the shearing crew would head back into town and we’d have to hit reset and start over the next day.”
The team at Boundary Power are continuing their work with Horizon Power, as they deploy up to 50 SAPS as part of the WA Government’s $75 million Renew the Regions initiative. This will see more Horizon Power customers across its 2.3 million square kilometre service area enjoy the benefits of improved power reliability.
“From our perspective, it has been great to be a part of the initial roll out” Mandy said.
“We are no longer impacted by power outages on the network and appreciate the improved safety and efficiencies which have come with the removal of the power poles and wires from our paddocks.”