A 'virtual last pole' ceremony took place in the City of Melville last week to mark the completion of two significant underground power projects for residents in Alfred Cove East and Melville North.
As part of the State Underground Power Program (SUPP), the projects have connected around 1800 properties in these areas to underground power.
Western Power SUPP Program Manager, Graham Downe, said the projects involved the installation of 454 new LED streetlights and the removal of 516 wooden poles across both areas.
“It’s been a fantastic collaboration with the City of Melville to get these projects completed on budget and we thank the residents of Alfred Cove East and Melville North for their cooperation and understanding while the work was being undertaken.”
Mr Downe said the benefits of underground power for residents and property owners were numerous as it not only improves public safety and power reliability, it adds aesthetic value to street appearance.
“Once power is underground, residents will experience fewer disruptions after major storm events as there are no poles and wires for storm debris to connect with,” he said.
“It also has minimal maintenance and operating costs and improves the opportunity for emerging technologies helping pave the way for energy innovation.”
SUPP is a State Government initiative that was set up to convert overhead power underground. Managed by Energy Policy, it includes a Steering Committee made up of representatives from Energy Policy WA (EPWA), the WA Local Government Association (WALGA), Western Power and Local Government Authorities (LGAs). Western Power manages the development and delivery of each project.
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Transitioning from overhead powerlines to underground power in the City of Melville.