The number of grid connection applications has quadrupled in the past four years, according to a new update from National Grid Electricity Transmission (NGET).
NGET states that there has been a higher volume of applications aiming to connect to the UK grid, with a further increase anticipated before the end of this year.
This coincides with a growth in renewable projects, which Britain still on track for periods of net zero electricity by 2025, ahead of full decarbonisation by 2035. To meet this, offshore and onshore wind, and solar have been expanding at pace, with offshore wind often now the biggest generator of power in the country.
In a series of films, NGET has highlighted that reinforcements enabling increased connectivity to the grid are currently going ahead and will help boost the capacity of the network.
NGET has invested around £4.2 billion into the network over the last five years with a further £7.1 billion proposed over the next five years as further projects get connected to the grid.
This is expected to be one of the biggest transformations of the transmission system since it was built, NGET stated.
In doing so, it is hoped that the transformation will spearhead the growth of the renewable energy sector further as the UK races towards impending net zero targets.