Walpole will soon to be home to world-leading energy technology – a microgrid powered by mini-pumped hydro, that will improve power reliability in the area by as much as 80%.
Western Power is partnering with WA engineering firm Power Research and Development (PRD) to develop a mini-pumped hydro facility in Walpole and connect it to the SWIS network.
Two dams are being built on a farming property near Walpole, one high and one low, to transfer and store the water. Solar panels and batteries will power the pumping action and shift the water, making it self-sufficient.
Ashlee Jones Project Manager and Civil Engineer at PRD will present the project and discuss the wider implications for energy security and resilience in regional and remote areas.
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We recognise that this land always was and always will be Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land because sovereignty has never been ceded.