Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC)

ARC area: east East Lothian and Scottish Borders

What is it?

Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC) was an exciting initiative that ran from 2013 to 2016, helping renewable energy generation projects connect to the distribution power network earlier and reduce connection costs.

More than 160MW of generation was connected over the four years that otherwise would have been put off until Transmission upgrades had been completed in 2022 or would have entailed considerable expense to upgrade assets.

Visit SPEN's web pages for more details and progress reports.

Andy MayburyFunded by the Low Carbon Network, the project looked at various ways in which renewable energy projects can connect to the electricity network and export their power sooner than they otherwise might. By using advanced control electronics and flexible local loads, electricity generation can be increased.

Community Energy Scotland is supplying the Community Development Officer, Andy Maybury, who is based at the Jedburgh office in the Scottish Borders.

Scottish Power Energy Networks have produced maps showing where there is capacity for connections onto the network and where there are constraints. These 'heat maps' are available on their website.

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