Customer

Nick and Mandy Chapman – Horizon Power customer

Location

Condingup, 64 kilometres east of Esperance, Western Australia

Situation

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.

Solution

Design and deploy a customised SAPS combining solar photovoltaic panels, advanced battery storage technology and back-up generation to power:

  • Homestead
  • Shearing shed
  • Workshop

Specifications: R-Series SAPS

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