Vattenfall’s distribution network operator has been awarded the contract by property firm Parabola to provide and operate the electrical infrastructure at the vast capital site. Work is set to start to help Edinburgh achieve its ambition of becoming a net zero city by 2030.
The electrical infrastructure can enable the entire development to operate without producing carbon emissions, said to be a vital element of Parabola’s commitment to a new sustainable quarter in the city.
Vattenfall’s distribution network will enable every property at the southern phase to connect to the local grid. This will include nearly 1,800 residential units, some one million square feet of commercial office space, as well as restaurants, a health centre, bicycle hub, nursery and EV charging points, all of which will be added to the electrical network as the project is built.
Stewart Dawson, managing director of Vattenfall Networks, said: “Edinburgh Park southern phase masterplan provides a fantastic example of decarbonisation in action; where energy companies, developers, architects and investors are coming together to deliver our low-carbon future.
“This site puts Edinburgh firmly among the leaders in the race to become the UKs first net zero city and provides the blueprint for changing the way we heat and power our homes, offices and buildings.
“Demand for fossil-fuel-free electricity is going to grow as we move towards net zero. Our strengthened, smart, electricity networks are going to be the thread that ties the whole plan for decarbonisation together.”
Tony Hordon, managing director of Parabola, added: “Working in partnership with Vattenfall ensures that ambition that we have for Edinburgh Park as an exemplar in terms of the creation and use of energy from renewable sources is realised.
“Parabola is determined to work with a range of partners to ensure that Edinburgh’s goal to be a net zero city by 2030 is achieved.
“Our commitment to creating a unique, sustainable community at Edinburgh Park is advanced through this latest partnership with Vattenfall and we are looking forward to delivering our vision.”