The ambition of the ACCESS Project is to lay the foundations for something which does not yet exist in Scotland: a cost-effective platform for enabling the real time matching of local electricity generation and local electricity demand at a distribution network level.
ACCESS stands for “Assisting Communities to Connect to Electric Sustainable Sources” and we hope it will drive the development of financially viable grid connections for smaller scale generators (especially in transmission constrained areas of the Scottish networks) by matching the supply of electricity from renewable sources to the heating needs of local consumers. ACCESS will build a framework for addressing two fundamental challenges:
- Maximising distributed generation in Scotland using existing networks and energy storage assets
- Reducing fuel poverty through affordable heating services to Scottish households and businesses currently heated by oil or conventional electric storage heaters.
Right now the ACCESS Project team are working hard to get everything ready before installations begin on Mull this autumn. For more information on the project please take a look at our new website: www.accessproject.org.uk where we will also keep you up-to-date with the latest project developments.