Cambridgeshire Smart Community

The electricity network in the Cambridge area, particularly in the city and the area south of the city, is coming under increasing pressure despite ongoing investment by the Distribution Network Operator, UK Power Networks (UKPN). In such constrained areas, new generation and consumption connection applicants will be required to contribute to the cost of network reinforcement and connection assets to provide them with their connection and capacity. However, these costs can prove prohibitively expensive, thereby discouraging investment.

There are a number of potential options available to overcome these costs, one of which is a more collaborative approach to installing and using capacity. Pixie Energy are working closely with UK Power Networks to scope a flagship project to examine these issues – one of the objectives of which is to seek third-party funding to help support these new technologies, and new operational and commercial arrangements.

St. Ives Park & Ride

Cambridgeshire County Council’s Smart Energy Grid (SEG) demonstration project will provide approximately 1MW of electricity from solar panels installed at the site at the St. Ives Park & Ride project. This will run on-site facilities with the remainder exported through a private wire Power Purchase Agreement (PPA).

Pixie Energy is working with the County Council to analyse the data from the scheme and to provide commercial support. The objective of the scheme itself is to improve energy supplies and network resilience, while also serving as a demonstrator project for wider potential deployment across the county. Pixie Energy is also providing commercial support in respect of the contractual arrangements that underpin the site, specifically the PPA.

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