The overhead power distribution system is standard in many parts of the world. Overhead power lines can transmit massive amounts of electricity across distant areas. They’re also economical, flexible, and easy to modify.
However, it has its disadvantages. The biggest obstacle of overhead lines is that they can become damaged whenever wildlife, natural disasters and vehicular accidents strike. In Australia, the 2020 bushfires have severely damaged the country’s power supply and people’s lives and homes.
In recent years, Australia and many other countries have started the shift to implementing underground power distribution. Underground electricity transmits with the use of conduits, cables and manholes installed under streets and sidewalks. It’s favourable for its cleaner look, lesser power interruptions, and stronger safety measures.
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The Impacts of an Underground Power System
Here we list down some features of underground power:
- Underground electricity lines are less exposed to severe weather conditions, the possibility of fires, and traffic accidents.
- Aesthetically pleasing, all distribution lines are technically invisible with underground wiring.
- Fewer chances of electrical faults, wildlife interaction, low-flying aircraft and other mishaps.
- Underground lines have better insulation than overhead power lines, resulting in safer maintenance.
- Fewer lines mean more trees on the sidewalk and more houses to build
- Longer life span; an underground system lasts up to 50 years
- Low maintenance costs
- No electromagnetic interference with telephone lines
Do you require underground power installed?
Baycoast Electrical and Control Solutions can easily carry out underground installations. Our company is also collaborating with the State and Federal Governments to perform undergrounding solutions to widen the overhead distribution network. Contact us below for more information.