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NEV Power – a challenging year.

2019 has proven to be a challenging year for NEV Power. The number of customers grew substantially from 7 at the end of 2018 to 15 by the end of 2019. Most of these new customers were planning large PV installations but these have been stymied by restrictions imposed by Ausgrid. Ausgrid have imposed an overall 30kW limit on the embedded network. They are requiring us to introduce additional grid protection technology. It has proven to be a slow and difficult process to agree what new technology needs to be installed.

The impact of this 30kW restriction can be seen in this year’s consumption patterns. In June we turned off our centrally owned 30kW PV array to allow the first few customers to benefit from their own PV systems.

NEV 2019 snapshot

During 2019 the village exported 11,650 kWh (2018 – 21,925 kWh) and imported 64,763 kWh (2018 30,694 kWh). The graph shows the impact of the 30kW limit on our exports. Exports fell to zero during the winter months and have climbed back to less than half our prior year performance.