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Connecting Distributed Generation to the Electricity Network

Getting Started

If you’re thinking of installing a new generator (such as solar panels, wind turbines) to the electricity network it will need to be connected to our network either through your existing supply or through a new electricity connection.

We’ve detailed in our website lots of useful information and even a short video to explain a bit more about the process. 

Understanding the Connection Process

There are three separate Distributed Generation Connection Guides, our flowchart will help you to determine to the most relevant guide for your requirements.

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Heat Maps

To get you started, our industry leading Heat Maps will give you a better understanding of the network and potential connection opportunities before applying for a connection.

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Application Forms & Guides

All our PDF forms and downloadable guides in one place.

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Distributed Generation Contacts

Of course if you’d rather discuss your project prior to your submission please use this page to get in touch.

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Flexible Connections and Principles of Access Policy

In some areas of the network, it is not possible to connect further amounts of generation or energy storage without exceeding network limits. These areas would require significant network modifications or upstream reinforcements to accommodate new connections in an unconstrained manner. This is often prohibitive for developers either due to reinforcement costs or timescales to connect.

Flexible Connections facilitate Non-Firm connections into constrained areas of the network. Our Policy document ESDD-01-009: Flexible Connections and Principles of Access covers the commercial principles and outlines the high-level technical arrangements / techniques used to achieve a range of Flexible Connection solutions. 

These solutions target a range of network requirements from equipment located only at the customer substation through to advanced autonomous control of wide areas of network using Active Network Management (ANM). In addition to existing ANM areas, it is our intention to deploy two new geographic areas as ANM enabled Zones. Dumfries and Galloway and North and Mid Wales have been identified to manage the high penetration of embedded generation in those areas.

In addition, listed below are future areas that have been identified together with their forecast year for roll-out:

SP Distribution

Area GPS Forecast Year for Roll Out
Dumfries & Galloway Chapelcross 2019/20
Coylton 2019/20
Dumfries 2019/20
Glenluce 2019/20
Maybole 2019/20
Newton Stewart 2019/20
Tongland 2019/20
Glenlee 2019/20
Kendoon 2019/20
Carsfad 2019/20
Earlstoun 2019/20
Borders Berwick ANM enabled
Dunbar ANM enabled
Ayrshire Kilmarnock South 2020/21
Kilmarnock Town 2020/21
Devolmoor 2020/21
Saltcoats 2020/21
Lanarkshire Linmill 2021/22
Fife Cupar 2021/22
Glennistoun 2020/21
Leven 2020/21
Redhouse 2020/21

SP Manweb

GSP Group BSP Forecast Year for Roll Out
Pentir Bangor 2019/20
Caernarfon 2019/20
Trawsfynydd Four Cross 2019/20
Maentwrog 2019/20
Wylfa Amlwch 2019/20
Caergeiliog 2019/20

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