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Restrictions 'relaxed' for solar installations in Scotland

06 April 2018

Requirements for a Statement of Works for solar installations up to 200kW in Scotland have been removed by Scottish Power Energy Networks (SPEN).

Lobbying by Solar Trade Association (STA) Scotland included presenting evidence on the "modest network impact" of most rooftop solar projects of this size.

This resulted in an agreement with SPEN that the effect of these installations on local grid was "much less than previously thought", according to the STA statement.

Previously requiring analysis of how projects could affect transmission loads at national level, reported to add more than £10,000 costs to some projects, this will no longer be necessary.

STA Scotland chair Chris Clark described the move as "a breakthrough for solar in Scotland" and going "a long way towards removing one of several barriers to Scotland realising its solar potential".

The STA said the decision has particular implications to improve the attractiveness of commercial rooftop and multi-scheme new build housing schemes, with numerous implications for facilities included within these sectors.

Further efforts will be made by the STA to agree standardised best industry practice with Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) in Scotland.

"We look forward to deepening our collaboration with SPEN as the networks transition to smart, active distribution system operators able to make full use of the many services and potential cost savings solar PV and energy storage can deliver," said Mr Clark.

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