POWER GRID UPGRADE BENEFITS 3,200 PROPERTIES IN BINSTEAD – Island Echo

Work to upgrade the electrical infrastructure and power supply to thousands of homes and businesses in Binstead has been completed by Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN), on time and on budget.

Taking just 1 month to complete, the £66,000 improvement project saw the replacement of insulators and associated equipment at SSEN’s substation serving the village of Binstead; benefiting some 3,200 local properties by strengthening the resilience of their power supply.

The substation is located off Newnham Lane between Binstead and Firestone Copse.

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These latest upgrades to the island’s infrastructure bolster the power supply to cope with adverse weather conditions throughout the year and, in turn, help island customers looking to achieve their zero-emissions goals by switching to low-carbon technologies, such as electric vehicles, solar panels and heat pumps.

Katherine Foley, SSEN Project Manager, said:

“My team and I are delighted to have delivered this infrastructure upgrade for our customers on the Isle of Wight; building them a stronger, more reliable network that meets their needs now and for many years to come.

“By replacing existing equipment with more modern and efficient kit, we are ensuring that homes and local businesses have a strong network they can rely on, whatever the weather conditions.

“This project may be one of the smallest jobs we have recently completed on the island, but it is extremely important to the thousands of customers we have in the Binstead area and we would like to thank them for their patience. while we carried out this improvement project.

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By upgrading critical grid areas on the Isle of Wight, SSEN is also helping communities on the island achieve their decarbonisation ambitions through fit-for-purpose, future-proof power supply and infrastructure.

With an estimated usage of 23,570 charging points on the Isle of Wight by 2030 and the addition of over 11,600 heat pumps and nearly 3,750 solar panels, SSEN is working to develop and build power supplies that meet the needs of residents and businesses now and in the future. years to come.

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