Some Western Australia farms are changing to solar energy rather than hooking back up to the grid after the Esperance bushfires. Wish more farms would consider their energy options as well. Here's an excerpt:
Some farmers cut off from the energy grid by devastating bushfires in Western Australia's south last year have disconnected from the grid permanently, opting instead to rely on standalone solar-powered systems.
Rodney Locke's Cape Le Grande property was one of hundreds that lost power during fires near Esperance last year, when 320 power poles were decimated.
Mr Locke said he hoped the renewable energy source, which is Horizon Power's first system of its kind, would be an improvement on his previous power supply.
"I saw it as an opportunity to have something more than we had ever hoped for," he said.
"It won't be affected by outages caused by maintenance on the network or weather-related events."
Mr Locke was one of four Horizon Power customers who chose to trial the renewable energy system instead of being reconnected to the grid.