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26 May 2011 10:05:06

Low carbon network projects vie for Ofgem funding

Low carbon network projects vie for Ofgem funding
British energy companies are competing for a share of a £64 million fund to create a low carbon distribution network, Ofgem has announced.

Now in its second year, the Low Carbon Networks (LCN) fund is designed to allow distributors to enact projects which will aid the industry as it attempts to transition to its new role in a green economy.

A total of six projects were submitted by five distribution network operators, all of which will be put before a panel of experts once full proposals have been presented in September.

Ofgem will then have the final decision on which will receive funding in November of this year.

The projects submitted have come from UK Power Networks, Western Power Distribution, SSE, Electricity North West and Scottish Power, and cover challenges including connecting renewables to the grid and utilising the data provided by smart meters.

A number of renewable energy and carbon capture and storage projects are also currently in line for cash under the European NER300 fund.

Twelve projects were submitted to the European Investment Bank for consideration for a share of €4.5 billion (£2.7 billion) in funding.  ADNFCR-1235-ID-800557569-ADNFCR

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26 May 2011

Recently I have been attempting to take advantage of a Solar Barn installation, for the production of renewable enrgy or microgeneration, call it what you will.
My farm is currently on single phase but 3 phase, which is required, for a top end production of 50KWs runs past the end of my lane, not 250ms away.
There is also a transfer station that could be converted to a 3 phase (heavy duty) supply, which is not even 100ms away over a field.
After what I would call a lot of faffing around, I finally received quotes from wpd, for connection to the grid on 3 phase:-
scenario one.
across 250ms, and up the lane: would cost between £8-9000.00!

Across the filed and a transformer; would apparently cost £34000.00.

How on earth do you expect small scale producers to justify prices like those, considering the many farms there are in the UK, and the sheer cost implications of farming these days, mnay farmers would love to upscale and renew their farm buildings and make money by just sitting in the sun! However, the barns might be free but how many farmers can afford the totally ridiculous cost of having 3 phase brought to their doors, especially considering the rural distribution of most farms and thus the likelihood of 3 phase running past their doors being as remote as they too are, geographically.

. Good God.
Throw me a bone here...
let me recap that means a 3 phase installation charge of roughly £3000.00s per 100 yds and if one
throws in a transformer, well the sky's the limit, as to cost.

Surely these quotes cannot be right, can someone give me some electrifying feedback please and I'll sell it to the grid.... kimac08@live.com

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