Apr 11, 2019

Laying the foundation of future energy networks


With a rare chance to be a part of future-focused residential development from the ground up, WPD was charged up.

The company is one of the key partners working on a residential development where low-energy homes will feed into a community energy battery in Nottingham, England.
The homes – which will eventually total around 500 – have solar panels installed and are connected to a 500kW (2.1MWh) Tesla battery system. The system will store excess electricity to be used on site or sold back to the national grid.

Currently there are around 700 solar panel units at the site’s dedicated solar farm. Together, they produce around 190kW of electricity. Plans call for the installation of an additional 900 panels on new houses as they are built.

A 440kW solar generator has also been connected to WPD’s network. This will primarily be used to heat homes in the development but can also be used to support the distribution network in times of high demand. The system can provide 2.1MWh of electricity back to the local primary substation.

As the first project of its kind in the region, early involvement with WPD’s innovation team helped the developer to gain a better understanding of the commercial arrangements.

“The way energy is generated and consumed is changing and this type of project has an important role to play in the development of our future energy networks,” said Lee Barnett, an 11kV Planner for WPD. “Learning from the project could potentially benefit millions of customers worldwide by changing the way energy is produced and consumed within communities.”

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