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Direct Supply

We will be looking at opportunities for a number of technical innovations for the use of electricity from the community solar farms. In the future we hope to be able to supply local consumers with power at reduced cost (currently the subject of an OFGEM consultation). This will be reliant totally on government policy changing to embrace local supply as a possibility and significant infrastructure change.


Electricity storage through utility-scale batteries is becoming increasingly viable, with a number of projects already connected in the UK. We will be exploring the possibilities of installing storage at our solar farms to feed electricity to the grid at peak times.


We are working with an innovative local software company to measure and display online information on the electricity flows from Newton Downs solar farm to the grid and to local consumers, so you can see where our electricity is going. Members will be given regular updates on this work, and will have opportunities to take part in the project.

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This  ground-breaking project that’s making local electricity data openly available for the
first time ever, and will benefit both local communities and the wider energy industry. OpenLV is led by
project partners Western Power Distribution and EA Technology. It is funded by Ofgem’s Network
Innovation Competition.

The aim is to help the design of the future Smart Grid to optimise electricity use.

Join us as a co-owner of a community clean energy venture