Property owners will be helped to plan their low carbon journey, in a new venture being launched by UK Power Networks.
The company wants to help identify common challenges for organisations who expect to install measures like PV or electric vehicle charging hubs in the next few years. It is approaching organisations who have not previously worked with their local distribution network – such as destination venues, property landlords and business workplaces to identify common challenges and design practical solutions to help.
UKPN’s new Low Carbon Technology Customer Group wants to hear from the owners and managers of such venues and will contact a broad range of trade bodies and individuals from sectors such as from social housing landlords, emergency services, leisure and retail development owners, farmers and even caravan and camping destinations. The group will collaborate with UK Power Networks to identify common challenges they face in reducing their carbon footprint.
Solutions could range from sector-specific toolkits to targeted, co-ordinated network investment programmes.
Adam Lakey, stakeholder engagement manager at UK Power Networks, said: “We want to help anyone who might be thinking about decarbonising their existing property asset but doesn’t know who to speak to. We’re looking for input from organisations like ambulance trusts or fire brigades to campsites or shopping destinations; anyone who knows that at some point over the next five-10 years they want to install low carbon technology like EV chargers or solar panels but doesn’t yet know how to go about it.
“We can offer advice and expertise about how to go about it in the most cost-effective way. For example, if you install solar panels and then add electric vehicle charge points it may work out cheaper than upgrading your electricity supply for the charge points then adding solar power later.
“We know there’s a vast range of existing buildings, developments and organisations that want to decarbonise. By starting a conversation with us through this new group we can help people do it more easily, quickly and cost-efficiently.”
To find out more about participating in the LCT Customer Group, email [email protected]