Nexamp is testing interconnection timelines in National Grid program

Nexamp has been selected to participate in the recently launched National Grid DG customer “Self-Performance Pilot” program in Massachusetts.

The program was created in response to requests from developers who wish to make certain system changes to potentially reduce the overall interconnection timeline and/or cost of their distributed generation (DG) projects. National Grid will allow developers in the pilot to design, purchase, and build certain required customizations in accordance with all National Grid standards. This is the first program of its kind and should pave the way for a new, more efficient method of connecting renewable energy sources to the grid. The scope of the program is limited to modifications of overhead or underground distribution lines of 15 kV class or below that can be performed without working on or near live National Grid infrastructure.

“Connecting projects quickly and efficiently is one of the biggest hurdles to increasing the volume of local solar on the grid,” said Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp. “This pilot program is an innovative model that can transform project design and construction and shorten critical timelines by weeks or months. By partnering with utilities, we can improve the pace of implementation and overcome some of the industry’s biggest bottlenecks, accelerating the deployment of much-needed clean, renewable energy to power our lives and fight climate change.”

The combined projects that Nexamp is building under this program are located in New Braintree, Massachusetts, and will total approximately 4 MW of solar generation.

Costs associated with infrastructure upgrades and interconnection for local renewable projects are nowadays paid for by the DG project developers and owners, making it logical for these companies to carry out some of the required design and construction work.

“As more DG resources contribute to the energy mix of the grid, streamlining the construction and interconnection process is critical,” said Michael Porcaro, Director, Distributed Generation Ombudsperson at National Grid. “There are potential long-term benefits from this pilot program. We look forward to working closely with pilot participants and developing an approach that we may be able to roll out more widely. This is a win-win situation for consumers and the energy sector.”

News item from Nexamp

Comments are closed.