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Suburban PV Impact

Project ran from November 2012 - November 2013

Project description

The introduction of feed-in tariffs within the UK has shown a significant increase of micro generation connected to the low voltage distribution network, including solar panels (i.e. PV panels). This is particularly an issue on suburban networks. This project investigated how to monitor and determine the effects of installing large numbers of solar panels (i.e. PV panels) on Low Voltage (LV) suburban networks.

Nottingham is one location with up to 1.2 megawatts (MW) of PV panels installed on domestic properties in the Aspley and Meadows areas. Through this project, WPD learnt how high density PV panels affect eight distribution substations and compared the predicted network characteristics against the measured results.

For more information on this project please contact us at wpdinnovation@westernpower.co.uk  01332 827446

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