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Norfolk Business Awards 2018

Power firm helped by shift to battery storage

PUBLISHED: 15:27 02 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 02 January 2018

A UK Power Networks van with a solar farm. Picture: UK Power Networks

A UK Power Networks van with a solar farm. Picture: UK Power Networks

UK Power Networks

The region’s main electricity distributor generated more than £60m in turnover from projects across the East of England in 2017, helped by 80 major schemes and an increase in the use of storage.

UK Power Networks said 14 large generation projects had helped it to build up a 188MVA output across the region, which the company said was down to a shift towards large-scale battery storage.

Among its highlights of 2017 were two projects to connect energy generators in Stowmarket and Cliff Quays in Ipswich, it said.

A total of 80 major projects referrals – large commercial connections such as stadiums, data centres, wind farms and solar farms – were received to a value of around £63m.

Jim Vasey, major connections manager for the East of England, said: “The connections market has been buoyant this past calendar year with every indication it will continue to grow in 2018.”

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