SmartestEnergy Customer Aviva Switches on one of the UK’s Largest Solar and Storage Projects
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UK insurance provider Aviva has turned on its new solar and storage project in Perth. Co-locating 1.1MW of solar power alongside a 1.8MW battery, the array is located on the Aviva Estate’s Pithleavis site, A-Listed by Historic Environment Scotland.

Throughout the various phases of the project, SmartestEnergy and World Kinect Energy Services have worked alongside a number of stakeholders to provide guidance on how the future of generation and storage will look as Aviva continues to strengthen their net-zero commitments.

In order to maximise the effectiveness of the scheme, Aviva’s supply contract with SmartestEnergy has been altered to create a bespoke arrangement purely for sites with onsite generation and storage opportunities.
This allows Aviva to maintain a high level of budget certainty relating to non-energy charges, whilst time-banded charges remain as pass-through in order to allow Aviva to benefit from managing their electricity consumption at peak times.

“It’s rewarding to celebrate the commissioning of this project with Aviva as they take the next step on their net-zero journey. This combined solar and storage project shows what’s possible when all parties come together to make a customer’s vision reality. We look forward to supporting Aviva as they go onto incorporate EV charge points for staff on site,” said Owen Moulton, Aviva’s Account Manager at SmartestEnergy.

SmartestEnergy have worked with Aviva and World Kinect Energy Services to incorporate the battery and solar forecasts into their standard supply forecast. This has resulted in significant changes to the site’s consumption profile as well as the predictability of imbalance levels/charges. SmartestEnergy and World Kinect Energy Services have managed this adjustment across the Aviva portfolio to limit the impacts.
The three companies have also committed to continually work together to manage forecasting as the battery usage develops.

Nick Amin, Aviva Chief Operating Officer, said, “It’s vital that businesses in all industries put words into action when it comes to tackling the climate emergency. That’s why we are taking strides to reduce our environmental impact and partner with leading technology specialists to help make that happen. The Perth solar and storage initiative is a great example of how Aviva is innovating to secure a sustainable energy supply and support the electric vehicle revolution.”

Terry Cogan VP World Kinect Energy Services – Global Business Development, added “This project helps to set Aviva apart and is a great example of what businesses can achieve when they set out on a quest to develop green and flexible solutions to support their regular energy procurement activities.”

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