There is limited grid capacity available to connect new energy projects, so starting a renewable project without a grid connection creates unnecessary risks and uncertainty. At best, the lack of available grid capacity increases the wait for a project to start generating rental revenues but, at worst, it can see a project go unbuilt despite the best efforts of landowner and developer.
Rather than outsource grid connection applications to a third party, Clearstone Energy has its own in-house team of grid connections experts.They work hand-in-hand with our development team to identify locations where new projects can have the biggest impact on the UK’s energy transition and secure grid connections. Our promise to landowners is that we will always have a confirmed grid connection before starting conversations about a potential renewable energy project. This approach de-risks the project for everyone.
Mitigating Risks and Maximizing Project Success
Grid connections are usually one way – import or export – but can be specified to enable both the import and export of electricity. To make the most efficient use of land we always secure import and export connections, even for solar projects that will primarily export electricity. That way battery storage can be built into the design of the solar farm so the size of the project is not limited by the export connection capacity.
We can specify more panels and use more acres of land knowing that when the project is generating more electricity in summer months than our connection capacity allows it can be stored for release on to the grid overnight.
Maximising the potential of a grid connection
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The UK’s energy markets have experienced turmoil and rising electricity costs since 2021, leading to a surge in rooftop and ground-mounted solar installations in 2022. Two-thirds of UK solar generation comes from large-scale projects, and solar energy is the fastest growing and lowest cost renewable energy technology.
Battery energy storage is key for reliable renewable energy. Large scale batteries near wind and solar sites ensure a constant electricity supply. Transitioning from gas to batteries will make energy cleaner, more secure and cheaper. In 2022, UK wind farms were paid £62m a day to not produce power because of the lack of storage, which cost consumers.
Our renewable energy projects repair and improve the natural ecosystems that clean our water, purify our air, recycle nutrients and regulate our climate.
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We believe that those people living near to a renewable energy project should benefit directly from the project.