Here is a snapshot of some of the projects we have recently supported with a combination of energy solutions over the recent months.
SSE Energy Solutions has been appointed to design and build the electricity network for the development, future proofing the site over a phased development program. A new high voltage connection will be brought to site connected to primary infrastructure. A new high voltage distribution network will be built, together with distribution substations and associated low voltage network, providing a development load of 10MVA. Once energised, the network will be adopted by SSE’s IDNO Optimal Power Networks.
SSE Energy Solutions in collaboration with project stakeholders will deliver a new electricity network for the largest regeneration project Coventry has seen in a generation. Connected to primary infrastructure, a new high voltage network will be brought to site and a new high/low voltage distribution network configured, providing power to a range of residential and commercial buildings. Once energised, the network will be adopted by SSE’s IDNO Optimal Power Networks.
SSE Energy Solutions has been appointed by Developer, St James Securities to design and build the power infrastructure for this city centre regeneration project set to deliver a range of residential and commercial buildings, including a 3,500-capacity performance venue. Approx. 6MVA will be delivered across all phases, with the assets being adopted by SSE’s IDNO, Optimal Power Networks.
SSE Energy Solutions has been appointed to design and build the multi-utility infrastructure for this leisure destination.
SSE Energy Solutions has been appointed to design and build the power infrastructure for this city regeneration project and Manchester first green campus. A new distribution network will be configured to provide c.5MVA of power across five buildings, with networks being adopted by SSE’s IDNO, Optimal Power Networks.
Developing large-scale regeneration projects in the energy sector is a complex and challenging task that requires careful planning and execution. One of the major challenges is balancing the need for sustainable energy production with the need for economic viability. Renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power are often more expensive to implement than traditional fossil fuels, making it difficult to secure the necessary funding to launch large-scale projects. Furthermore, the infrastructure required to support renewable energy sources is often much more extensive, which can make the cost of these projects even more prohibitive.
Another challenge faced in developing large-scale regeneration projects is ensuring their long-term sustainability and efficiency. Renewable energy sources can be variable and dependent on factors such as weather patterns, making it difficult to maintain a consistent energy supply. Additionally, existing energy grids may not be equipped to handle the integration of renewable energy sources, which can lead to inefficiencies and increased costs. To address these challenges, it is essential to invest in research and development to improve the technology and infrastructure needed to support sustainable and efficient energy production. This will require collaboration between governments, industry leaders, and academic institutions to create a comprehensive and effective approach to energy regeneration.
An Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) can play a crucial role in supporting new build regeneration and development in achieving net zero carbon emissions. An IDNO is a company that operates and maintains the electrical distribution network that delivers power to homes and businesses within a defined local area, as an alternative to the regional monopoly DNO.
The role of an IDNO in supporting net zero carbon emissions is multi-faceted. Firstly, IDNOs can support the integration of renewable energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydropower into a newbuild electrical grid by assessing the requirements of the network through early design stage. This can help reduce the carbon footprint of the electricity consumed, as these local renewable energy sources emit no greenhouse gases.
Furthermore, IDNOs can also support the development of energy-efficient buildings, as they can provide advice and guidance to developers on how best to accommodate energy-efficient homes and buildings into the local energy system. This includes ensuring that the network is appropriately sized for any low-carbon technologies, such as heat pumps. IDNOs can adapt their network designs to work with buildings that are equipped with smart energy management systems.
Additionally, IDNOs can also work with developers to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs). This can be done by providing connections to charging points in new developments and ensuring that there is sufficient electrical capacity to support the charging of EVs. If the IDNO takes advantage of new LV monitoring technology, they can manage smart charging on the network to ensure that the infrastructure cost to allow for EV charging is no higher than it otherwise would be
Finally, IDNOs can also facilitate the development of energy storage systems such as batteries, which can help store excess renewable energy for use when it is needed. This can help ensure a more stable and reliable supply of electricity, which is particularly important in areas where renewable energy sources are intermittent.
In conclusion, the role of an IDNO in supporting new build regeneration and development in achieving net zero carbon emissions is significant. IDNOs can support the integration of renewable energy sources, promote energy-efficient building design, encourage the adoption of EVs, and support the development of energy storage systems. This can help to create sustainable and environmentally friendly communities, and help to achieve a more sustainable and low-carbon future.
SSE’s IDNO, Optimal Power Networks, adopt networks that are fit for the future and zero-carbon ready by looking at future power and generation demands on the site, and using state of the art remote monitoring equipment to help balance the local energy system.