The University of Surrey has today (Thursday 3 February 2022) announced a strategic partnership with SSE Energy Solutions that will dramatically increase the amount of energy it generates and uses from renewable sources.
The new partnership will significantly increase the on-site renewable energy generation from 0.1% to 20% of total annual demand – powering the University of Surrey towards its 2030 Net-Zero target.
SSE Energy Solutions has been appointed as the preferred partner to design, build, operate, and maintain a significant new solar facility for the University.
The partnership with SSE is also looking at a solution for decarbonising heat, and the University has made an application to the UK Government’s Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme for funding to support this part of the plan.
The partnership will also encompass a new research partnership focused on creating new PhD and studentship opportunities alongside joint applications for grant funding and collaboration to deliver on-site demonstrator projects.
The University announced its Net-Zero carbon target and plan in January 2020. Surrey was one of the first universities in the sector to use the science-based emissions methodology to establish its fair share of emissions reductions to limit global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
This partnership will be essential to driving up the proportion of renewable energy generated on campus. Alongside this, The University continues to reduce its demand for energy whilst purchasing an increasing proportion of its power from certificated renewable energy assets located in the UK.