Practical solutions for you
Remote Area Power Supply
To deliver energy to where you live, we want to offer practical and effective solutions that meet your needs.
In remote areas it’s not always best to simply replace an asset like an overhead line. To achieve a secure and reliable power supply, an off-grid solution such as Remote Area Power Supply (RAPS) can be a better idea. It’s also more cost effective for you and our customers overall.
A RAPS unit usually includes solar panels, battery storage and a diesel generator. So far, the Powerco team has installed 20 RAPS on our network and we will continue to do more. The positive impact can be seen in places like the Tangahoe Valley, where three units were installed in CPP – Year One and a further two are planned for CPP – Year Two. The new RAPS units replace the overhead power supply, which was constantly damaged in storms by trees and slips crashing through the lines. At times the destruction blocked the road for weeks, preventing contractors from reaching downed lines and poles. This was a major issue for the people who live there.
Now that RAPS are being used, storms will not impact on supply to our customers in these remote areas. They have proven to be a strong solution, at a far lower cost than re-building the 5.4km overhead line.