- FES Group has installed two solar-powered electrical vehicle (EV) charging hubs at Falkirk and Stirling
- The hubs generate enough power to charge 9000 Tesla Model 3’s or Nissan Leafs a year
- CO2 savings from the electricity generated by the solar panels are equivalent to the electricity usage of 20 homes
- FES Group has achieved both the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative Participation and the Carbon Neutral International Standard
Transport is Scotland’s biggest source of CO2 emissions. Electrifying the road network means that we can move away from cars that are powered by fossil fuels and switch to electric vehicles. Stirling-based net-zero pioneers, FES Group, were appointed to work with Transport Scotland, Falkirk Council and Stirling Council recently to install two solar-powered electrical vehicle charge hubs as part of the Electric A9 project.
FES Group’s in-house Energy team is at the forefront of designing and delivering renewable energy and low carbon technology solutions for clients. There is growing demand for their services as organisations across the UK seek solutions that reduce carbon emissions, improve sustainability and tackle rising energy costs.
The company’s overall environmental credentials are also very impressive. Sustainability is at the heart of its culture and central to its mission to remain at the forefront of delivering engineering and service excellence. This has led FES Group to set challenging targets to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. It is the first Building Services and Facilities Management company in the world to achieve both the UN Climate Neutral Now Initiative Participation and the Carbon Neutral International Standard. In partnership with One Carbon World, FES Group has achieved carbon neutrality at Enterprise level and completely compensated all its carbon footprint measured for 2019 – 2020. It intends to conduct a carbon footprint audit each year to help track progress towards carbon neutrality and net zero by 2045.
FES Group is leading the EV revolution by example. It has expanded its own electric vehicle fleet and installed a bank of EV charge points at its HQ in Stirling, adding to capacity in the Forth Valley. It also supports the natural regeneration of native seedlings and carbon capture measures in over 10,000 acres of hill ground here in Scotland.
The Forth Valley and the beginning of the Electric A9
The Electric A9 project is a significant infrastructure project that will deliver a network of electric charging places along the longest road in Scotland. The A9 starts in Falkirk in the Forth Valley and ends 273 miles later at Scrabster in the far north of mainland Scotland. The project is part of the Scottish Government’s vision to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2032 and their commitment to championing electric vehicles.
The electric vehicle charging hubs were installed at Falkirk Stadium and at Castleview Business Park in Stirling. Energy for the chargers is provided by a Solar PV system, battery storage and a dedicated back-up supply from the National Grid. Falkirk now has a total of 144 vehicle parking bays with charge points and the Stirling project delivered 128. The sites comprise a mix of rapid, fast, and slow chargers to cater for all needs.