Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Distribution is to undertake £41 million of strategic investment in its electricity networks to support a green economic recovery and accelerate key low-carbon projects.
The scheme, which will unlock over 122MW of additional capacity, is a result of close collaboration with Ofgem and other electricity network operators to understand how early investment in the distribution network could drive green economic growth.
Three key Hampshire sites will receive a combined £16m of investment.
Over £9.6m will be invested in Rownhams to create 30MW of extra capacity, supporting the delivery of electric vehicle charge hubs in a key strategic area for the UK’s electric vehicle charging network.
£3.6m of investment in North Baddesley will reinforce over 4km of overhead line and 100 metres of underground cable to support the village’s net zero ambitions.
Over 5.5MW of additional capacity will be created in Bishop’s Waltham to prepare the network for households and businesses shifting to low-carbon technologies. The £2.9m works will reinforce over 5km of overhead line and 1km of underground cable.
As part of the scheme, SSEN will also install approximately 1,000 low voltage monitors at key points. This will enable the network operator to better manage local infrastructure, identifying how best to optimise capacity.
The multimillion-pound investment in Hampshire’s infrastructure will support local and national decarbonisation ambitions, creating capacity for two charging hubs at the Rownhams Motorway Service Area.
Range anxiety, and access to chargepoints, remains one of the key barriers to electric vehicle uptake.