Nick and Mandy Chapman – Horizon Power customer
Condingup, 64 kilometres east of Esperance, Western Australia
Crop and livestock farmers Nick and Mandy Chapman were part of Horizon Power’s inaugural deployment of 17 stand-alone power systems (SAPS) as part of the utility’s upgrading of power infrastructure along a lengthy distribution spur line.
The Chapman’s, like many farming families, experienced the challenges which came with power interruptions and outages. Their generator was always on stand-by ahead of forecasted storms to ensure the essentials, such as water, could continue to be pumped to the house in the event of a lengthy power outage.
Having power poles and wires running through their paddocks presented a number of issues and hazards when cropping, 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
- Pole top fires caused by:
- dust on the wires
- extreme weather events
- bird collisions
- Aerial sprayers clipping power lines.
Design and deploy a customised SAPS combining solar photovoltaic panels, advanced battery storage technology and back-up generation to power:
- Shearing shed
Specifications: R-Series SAPS
- 10.8 kW of solar panels
- 25.2 kWh of battery storage
- 15 kVA of back-up diesel generation