Aviva car park becomes solar farm

Insurance company Aviva has covered 250 car parking spaces at its Horizon building in Norwich, with solar PV canopies. The installation will generate more than 542,000 kWh per year, or close to a third of the site’s annual power consumption. At peak times, the panels will create close to 100% of the building’s needs.

Aviva committed to becoming carbon neutral in 2006, and has set itself a corporate target of reducing operational CO2 emissions by 70%, with a deadline of 2030.

The carports were installed by RenEnergy, using a structure that uses screw pile anchors. This minimises the use of additional, carbon-intense concrete foundations, while also ensuring that all the parking spaces remain usable.