- Aviva’s solar project in Perth to be the UK’s biggest solar energy carport and battery facility
- The project has received £1.5 million of Scottish Government funding
- A survey states that 64 per cent of Scottish people appreciate those companies which invest in eco-friendly projects
British financial services group Aviva Plc (LON: AV.) has decided to set up a solar carport at its Perth site in Scotland that will produce enough energy to power 500 homes.
The project is going to be the UK’s biggest solar energy carport and battery facility. Aviva said the initiative will be supported by the Scottish government and will cover nearly 342 car parking spaces and offer 50 electric vehicles charging centres.
Powered by Tesla Powerpack technology, the carport will help Aviva to go off grid for five hours daily. It is also anticipated to contribute to a joint annual carbon emission reduction of approximately 400 tonnes.
The latest development has come ahead of COP26 - a 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference – and after a survey from YouGov, a global public opinion and data company, which finds that 65 per cent of people residing in Scotland do not do much to deal with the climate change problem.
The survey has also found that about 64 per cent of the people said they would appreciate those companies which invest in eco-friendly projects.
COO for Aviva Nick Amin said it is important for all businesses across sectors to start taking action in terms of dealing with climate change. The solar energy carport at Perth is a great initiative by Aviva in securing a sustainable energy supply and boosting electric vehicle innovation.
Aviva has nearly 1,000 employees at its Perth base and about 2,000 workforces across the country.
David Skinn, Aviva’s distribution director at Perth, said Scotland is well known for its innovations in the energy industry and so Aviva established one of Britain’s leading solar and storage capacity at the heart of Scotland.
Moreover, the study conducted by Aviva has found that nearly 35 per cent of Scottish feel that the country lacks electric infrastructure and most of the drivers who own petrol or diesel vehicles say they would turn into electric vehicles with the support from their employer and the government.
In 2006, Aviva became the first carbon-impartial global insurer and committed to net zero carbon emissions in investments by 2050. In fact, recently, the company won a planning battle to establish a 77m wind turbine at the Perth plant.
Commenting on Aviva’s initiative, Roseanna Cunningham, a Scottish secretary for the environment and climate change, said she is happy about the launch of Aviva’s solar carport and energy storage capacity in Perth. The project is ambitious and will substantially reduce the climate impact and carbon discharges from Aviva’s Scottish headquarter.