Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) has installed 81 low-voltage monitors in another step for Project Local Energy Oxfordshire (Project LEO). The monitors can alert the DNO in real time to changes in demand, allowing it to target investment in grid upgrades and therefore helping to delay or avoid network reinforcement. With demand on electricity networks expected to triple by 2050 according to the Committee on Climate Change as a result of consumers increasingly turning to electrified transport and heating, it is becoming more important to ensure grids can manage this growth. For example, Oxford alone is expected to have over 71,000 electric vehicles, 58,000 heat pumps and 63MW of solar PV capacity by 2050.
Current 26th Jan 2021 read more »
Last year was a surprisingly good 12 months for the UK’s traditionally embattled solar industry. According to new industry figures released late last week, despite the, erm, disruption of the past 12 months the UK added 545MW of new solar capacity in 2020, up 27 per cent compared to 2019. This was an impressive achievement given the various lockdowns and economic headwinds, but it was made all the more noteworthy by the fact 2020 was the first full calendar year when the industry had to operate without any form of subsidy support.
Business Green 26th Jan 2021 read more »