Notice of Operational Readiness
The TasGRN Project reached a significant milestone as of Wednesday, 5 July, with the TasGRN State Steering Committee conditionally endorsing the TasGRN Notice of Operational Readiness.
TasGRN project partner Telstra hosted a site visit to celebrate the important milestone at the Geeveston Blue Hills Tower near the Tahune Airwalk. Despite the chilly weather, windy conditions, and a large tree falling across the access road, the team gained a first-hand perspective of one of the 138 towers supporting the new state-of-the-art P25 network.
Andrew Johns, Telstra Purple Head of Service for Tasmanian Government Radio, shared details on the tower, including the fact that it is totally off the grid. As a solar-hybrid site, 24 kilowatts of solar panels have been installed, supported by generators in the winter months, charging the batteries required to produce the nearly 1 kilowatt of base load to keep the tower online.