Lighting up Scotland with solar

Renewable energy – and the Aviva Scotland Solar Project – is set to take a starring role in powering our futures.

Our research shows 65% of the Scottish public don’t think businesses are doing enough in tackling climate change.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the Scottish government to launch the Aviva Scotland Solar Project, one of the UK's largest solar and energy storage initiatives at our Perth site. 

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By making the most of our natural assets and reducing our environmental footprint, the solar carport demonstrates Aviva’s commitment to tackling climate change. It’s great to see our purpose in action, and the steps we’re taking to create a ‘better tomorrow’.
Alannah Hennessy, Colleague Experience Manager

400 tonnes of carbon emissions saved each year

Powered by cutting-edge Tesla Powerpack technology, the Aviva Scotland Solar Project  will produce enough power to take Aviva’s Perth site off the grid for five hours at the busiest times of day. 

The project will save nearly 400 tonnes of carbon emissions each year. That’s equivalent to powering 505 homes or a small town – day after day, year after year.

This is an important milestone in Aviva’s climate commitments in the UK, for our customers, our people and our communities.

Revving up electric vehicles

Our research found that 35% of Scottish people believed there is a lack of electric infrastructure in Scotland, though more than 2 in 5 drivers, who currently own a petrol/diesel car say that would be more likely to transition to electric vehicles with government or employer support.

50 on-site EV charging points will mean more people in our Perth office can make the switch and harness the electric vehicle revolution that’s just around the corner. 

Hopefully this will make colleagues think about what they could do to generate electricity themselves - be that solar panels, mini windmills or a mix.
Fiona Watson, Business Analyst, Aviva Perth

How the technology works

  • The 1.8MWh energy storage system is underpinned by Tesla Powerpack technology which manages power flows between the solar cells, office buildings, grid and electric vehicle charges. 
  • The installation is powered by 3,283 solar photovoltaic panels and supports electric vehicle (EV) charging bays that can charge 50 EVs at once.
  • This green technology generates 812,000kwh, producing enough electricity to power over 500 homes annually*
  • Aviva will use 77% of the generated energy, with the surplus entering the battery for later use or exported to the grid. 
  • Its annual output will power an electric car for 2,249,240 miles (90 times around the world)*. 

A better tomorrow for all

The Aviva Scotland Solar Project tackles climate change in Perth’s community. It also supports wider sustainable infrastructure in Scotland and the UK. 

We hope it will encourage other businesses to roll out similar technology. Creating sustainable energy supports our purpose to be with you today, for a better tomorrow. 

The visibility of the solar car ports reminds me that Aviva is genuinely trying to make an effort and demonstrates that we are ready to evolve.
Mike Jackson, Trading Manager, Aviva Perth

Read our Aviva Scotland Solar Project news release for more details and contact information. 

*Source: Carbon Intelligence

Research with You Gov

  • Aviva and YouGov ran fieldwork of the Scottish population between 10th -12th November 2020
  • The survey was carried out online with a sample size of 1004 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all Scottish adults (aged 18+)

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