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Flexible Plug and Play

UK Power Networks has completed Flexible Plug and Play, its £9.7m, 3 year innovation project to trial new technologies and commercial arrangements in order to connect distributed generation (DG), such as wind or solar power, to constrained areas of the electricity distribution network. It has delivered greater flexibility in accommodating cheaper and faster DG connections, as well as enabling previously unviable DG schemes become feasible. The Flexible Plug and Play project will deliver significant benefits for the 15 customers (over 50MW of DG) who have contracted to connect using its methods.

Project-on-a-Page summary

Project data

Start date: 01/12/2011
End date: 31/12/2014
Budget: Total Fundng £9.7 million
Funding from LNCF: £6.7 million
Funding from UK Power Networks: £2 million
Funding from Project Partners: £1 million

The extensive research, trials and analysis undertaken as part of the Flexible Plug and Play project have been documented and have now been published for the benefit of the entire industry. There are 8 learning reports split across a number of distinct themes:

Links to all the Flexible Plug and Play reports are provided on request. Each report sits within the relevant theme, making it easier for you to navigate to your areas of interest. We will also publish a Close down report which will provide an overview of the project’s key outcomes and learnings – coming soon.

The flexible DG connection method is now being rolled out to other parts of the UK Power Networks distribution network. For more information please contact us at DG-Q&

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