Power Balancing

Local generation for UK
electricity networks

The UK’s electricity network is one of the most reliable in the world. Under the government’s Electricity Market Reform (EMR), investment is to be targeted at decarbonising and securing the UK’s electricity supply, at the lowest possible cost to the consumer.
 

Providing the grid with an operational reserve of power is one way of ensuring security of supply. Suncredit is committed to developing local generation sites that will help keep the lights on.

Supporting clean energy

Over the past decade Suncredit has successfully contributed to the diversification of the UK’s energy mix by developing solar farms across the country. The contribution of all renewables to UK electricity generation was 14.9% in 2013, 19.1% in 2014 and estimated 24.7% in 2015. 
 

As the proportion of renewable energy rises, smart management of supply and demand becomes increasingly important. Suncredit’s Power Balancing services are an effective way of helping to ensure security of supply for the future.

What makes a good site?

Suncredit work closely with our partner landowners to design the right project, in the right place. Site requirements are relatively simple and include:
 

  • Approximately 1 acre of land

  • Relatively flat topography

  • Reasonably well drained

  • Good access to the local highway

  • Suitable distance to an appropriate grid connection 
     

If you would like to find out more about what we do, landowner rental values, or simply to discuss our approach to development generally, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. A member of our team will be happy to meet with you and go through the options.

Power Balancing Brochure

Power balancing services

Suncredit’s Power Balancing services offers the grid network 
reserve electricity when it is needed most. This is referred to as short term operating reserve (STOR).

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

STOR can be provided by relatively simple gas, diesel or battery systems. STOR units respond rapidly, generating electricity within less than 5 minutes’ notice and they operate for short periods, typically for a maximum of 2 hours. 
 

These complimentary technologies are designed to help ‘balance’ the grid and play a vital role during times of high demand or unplanned network outages.

How do we do it?

Suncredit take projects from inception to implementation; managing all site validation, assessment, connections, planning and development processes in house. It can take up to six months for construction to begin as a number of things need to happen: