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In March 2015, Lightsource successfully constructed one of the first ever private substations to be built in the UK.
Forging new connections
The 132kv substation was constructed in order to connect two sites, Black Peak and Munceys, to the National Grid. Usually, we’d connect our sites directly into the grid via an existing point of connection, but in this case there wasn’t one, so in a first for the company we took it on ourselves to do it ourselves.
Despite the fact that we had never constructed a substation before, and that very few had been built in the UK, the project was a resounding success. We were able to draw on the extensive breadth of experience in our technical and development teams, as well as our strong relationships with industry partners, to successfully complete the project.
Once completed, the two nearby sites covered a total of 260 acres, with a combined installed capacity of 50MW, capable of powering more than 16,000 homes. Without the substation, the two sites would not have been able to be built.