CLEAN, green energy produced in South West Scotland will soon be powering homes and businesses across the country after a new smart solution was developed by SP Energy Networks in partnership with Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS).
The renewable energy produced locally in Dumfries and Galloway will be transported to other areas of the country with higher demand.
The smart solution will introduce significant benefits for customers in the area including reducing energy costs as it means the excess green energy produced in the area can be redistributed elsewhere, reducing the need – and cost – of using other methods of generation.
It will also reduce the time it takes to add new connections to the network – delivering on both local and national government net zero aspirations.
Scott Mathieson, SP Energy Networks director of network planning and regulation, said: “Thanks to the fantastic renewable resources available across Dumfries and Galloway, combined with the levels of demand across the region, south-west Scotland is the perfect place to trial this innovative technology.
“At SP Energy Networks we are working every day to identify smarter, more agile ways to manage our network. Through innovative projects like this, we can deliver a reliable and robust, sustainable electricity supply to our customers and communities both now and in the future.
“It has the potential to double the region’s export capacity and enable large amounts of new green energy to be generated in the local area. This is all focused on building a better future, quicker for our customers.”
The pioneering network of the future is now being delivered in South West Scotland where the new Active Network Management System will be integrated to the region’s electricity transmission and distribution networks.