United Kingdom PV GRID Forum

Organized by the Solar Trade Association

Organizer: Solar Trade Association
Date: 4 July 2013
Time: 11:00 - 17:30
Venue: Farley Williams, 15 Appold St, London, EC2A 2HB

The UK national forum took place on the 9th of May, in London, with a total number of around 74 participants. The UK PV Grid Forum presented and discussed first findings of the PV Grid Project with national and international stakeholders. The event introduced the audience to the pan-European PV Grid project and allowed industry and regulators alike to share experience and recommendations. A total of 74 delegates participated in this event including installers, manufacturers, DSO’s, consultancy firms, developers as well as regulatory authorities and other trade associations.

This interactive seminar looked at all aspects of grid connection in the UK including G83, G59, 11kV and 33kV relating to buildings and solar farms and looked to communicate both the barriers and the solutions. These solutions will form part of the industry feedback to the UK Government’s Solar Strategy in order to achieve the Renewable Roadmap ambition of 20GW by 2020.

The event was structured in three sessions:

· Context: Towards large scale PV growth in Europe and the UK

· Regulatory, political and technical challenges to integration of PV

· Technical solutions towards integration of PV

The STA was joined on stage by speakers from the European Photovoltaic Association (EPIA), Ofgem, the Electricity Networks Association (ENA), district network operator (DNO) Western Power and several solar companies. Presentations covered issues ranging from connection issues for solar farms and social housing projects to electricity storage and other system balancing solutions. Western Power’s recommendation on lowering UK voltage limits, currently at 240V, to EU levels was welcomed by the STA.

The key message that came out of the event was that greater collaboration between the established electricity networks sector and the blossoming solar power industry is essential for overcoming barriers to increasing the contribution of solar power to the UK electricity supply.

Agenda: Download it here

Pictures from the UK Forum