UK Power Networks claims to have added around 1,000 electric car chargers to its electrical network in the year after introducing a dedicated webpage to expedite the process.
The power distribution company’s Smart Connect system has automatically authorized 983 electric vehicle charging stations, 764 residential solar installs, 234 heat pumps, and 66 domestic batteries since its introduction in February.
According to UK Power Networks, the site, which employs artificial intelligence (AI) to handle data on residential installations, improves the installation process by reducing paperwork and assisting installers in working more swiftly and efficiently.
When an installer applies to connect a new item, Smart Connect directs clients to a UK Power Networks specialist if their energy supply has to be improved to acquire more power, according to the company. If no upgrades are necessary, the tool does an automated evaluation and then accepts the application instantly.
According to Ian Cameron, head of customer service and innovation at UK Power Networks, solutions like Smart Connect will guarantee those clean technologies are quickly linked to the grid. “Over the next decade, millions of electric automobiles and heat pumps will link to our networks,” he said. “Through solutions like Smart Connect, we’ll ensure that they can all connect at speed, whether we’re working with installers or directly with consumers.”
UK Power Networks is the largest energy distributor in the country, servicing over eight million households and companies across London, the South East, and the East of England.
More than half of the 1,720 new electric car charging applications on the portal were immediately granted, according to the firm, making it easier for families and companies to deploy new charge stations.
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