Aviva launches solar carport at Perth offices
Solar car port at the Aviva offices
Aviva, with support from the Scottish Government, has launched one of the UK’s largest combined solar carports and energy storage facilities at its Perth office.
It covers 342 car park spaces and provides 50 electric vehicle charging stations.
This investment comes as YouGov research finds that 65% of people living in Scotland think businesses are not doing enough to help tackle climate change, but 64% would look more favourably on those businesses investing to prevent further climate change.
Aviva’s facility will be powered by Tesla Powerpack technology and is expected to contribute to a combined annual carbon emission saving of nearly 400 tonnes, equivalent to powering over 500 homes’ electricity for one year or the equivalent of a small town.
It means Aviva’s Perth office can go off grid for five hours every day when the national grid is at its busiest, [using three quarters of the solar power generated]. The surplus energy will go to the battery for later use or exported to the grid.
Aviva employs approximately 2,000 staff in Scotland, with about 1,000 in its Perth office, which hosts our property claims centre of excellence for both commercial and personal property.
This initiative, which will see climate change tackled at a local level and supports the Scottish Government’s Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (LCITP) nationally, reinforces Aviva’s longstanding commitment to public-private collaboration and being a positive environmental and social influence.
This investment represents an important milestone in the development of sustainable buildings and infrastructures in Scotland and the UK and supports the government’s electric vehicle (EV) incentive scheme.