UK PV 'needs subsea link relief'

A PV array on the UK's Isle of Wight.

The Isle of Wight is one of the areas of grid constraint highlighted by Maguire

Offshore power interconnectors – commonly cited as critical to the future of the UK’s on- and offshore wind resource – will also be central to Britain’s solar sector, says a leading developer.

The boom in ground-mount PV arrays in the UK over the past two years has led to crippling grid constraints in sunny parts of the country, which may only find sufficient relief in the form of subsea power lines running abroad, according to David Maguire, founding director at BNRG Renewables.

“We’re constantly coming up against the wall of available [grid] capacity,” Maguire says.

“From our perspective, we can’t connect anything in Cornwall, anything on the Isle of Wight.

"This is gradually moving from the south coast of England further and further north, and as Log in to read complete article.

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