Aviva Perth office to go off-grid following turbine approval

Aviva Perth office to go off-grid following turbine approval

Perth and Kinross Council has approved plans for a 77-metre turbine at insurer Aviva’s Pitheavlis site.

The turbine, sited adjacent to the overflow car park area on the Pitheavlis site in Perth, will allow 100 per cent of the office’s electricity demand to be met through renewable energy.

Scheduled to be operational by the end of 2023, the turbine generate up to 58.2m kWh over 25 years delivering an annual carbon emission saving of 386 tonnes. This is equivalent to the electricity required to power over 680 homes per year.

Any surplus energy generated will go to the on-site battery storage for later use or be exported to the grid. When conditions are not appropriate for the turbine to run, any additional energy taken from the grid will be from certified renewable sources.

Kirsty Cooper, Aviva’s group general counsel and company secretary, said: “The approval of this application is testament to Aviva’s on-going commitment to tackle climate change right across our business.

“It is also a proud moment for colleagues in Perth who have worked hard to see the office generate up to 100 per cent of the electricity it needs to serve our customers and support Perth and Kinross Council in achieving their environmental aspirations.”

Pete Wishart, MP for Perth and North Perthshire, said: “Scotland is leading on tackling climate change with the most ambitious legal framework for emissions reduction in the world. So it is good to see Aviva working to achieve net zero operations by 2030 and making their office in Perth an example of how it can be done.

“The addition of a new turbine will help Aviva to generate all of the electricity they need to run their operation and demonstrate a commitment to green energy, from one of the largest employers in Perth, while also supporting our ambition to be Europe’s first net zero small city.”

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