FWP is committed to facilitating the addition of renewable energy generation systems at the Park with the objective of the ecovillage being a net exporter. As demand at the Park increases it is necessary for us to partner with others to meet this objective, as well as operating our own generation facilities. As an organisation aiming to promote renewable energy in practical ways, FWP has:
- installed 675kW of wind generation at the Park in 2006.
- granted the addition of 50kW of private PV generation systems at the Park at no cost.
- added its own ‘rent-a-roof’ PV systems on eight properties at East Whins in 2015 with a total installed capacity is 24kW.
- agreed to the installation of a 7kW Tesla Powerwall battery at the Hive in 2018.
Installing Your Own Generation System
For commercial, regulatory and safety reasons, generation systems may only be connected to the Park distribution system with the prior consent of both Findhorn Wind Park Ltd and New Findhorn Directions Ltd.
Please note that regulations mean that a battery with the potential to deliver power to the distribution system (e.g. a Tesla Powerwall) is regarded as a generation source. See our regulations page for more details of the regulations that apply.
Costs to Connect Generation at the Park
We hope SSEN will apply the G99 regulations to the Park with a light touch, but how light is not yet known. Nevertheless, there will be increased administration costs for FWP and these will depend on the technologies and scale of generation involved. There may also be delays in connecting some generating systems.
Further, unless we increase our export capacity, FWP will in future lose its ability to offer connections or to add a further wind turbine. To be cost effective this export capacity has to be increased in large blocks. An application under the new regulations will cost around £120/kW of increased installed generation capacity.
We are currently looking into what cost implications this will have for new connections to the Park grid and will publicise the details as soon as we are able to. In the meantime, please contact FWP via the contact form here if you are planning to install any new generation equipment such as PV or a battery that can feed power into the grid.