Clean energy

The Norfolk & Suffolk region is a global leader in offshore wind. Shallow seas, deep water ports and ideal weather conditions of the Southern North Sea offer developers the perfect environment for billions of pounds worth of investment.

With more than half a century of offshore experience in oil and gas behind it, Norfolk & Suffolk has a unique blend of ports, infrastructure, expertise and skills. It has a well-established offshore wind supply chain and available land for scale up and growth.


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Aviva Solar Carport

One of the largest solar carports in the UK was completed for Aviva by Norfolk-based RenEnergy. And the stats are impressive. More than 542,000 kWh of power – enough to power 138 homes – may be generated by the installation of the solar carport at Aviva’s Horizon building in Norwich. Built from recycled steel, the carport covers 250 parking spaces. During peak hours, the office – which accommodates 1,000 employees – will effectively be off-grid and powered 100% by the sun. Across the course of a year, this system will provide more than 63% of the site’s total energy demand, representing a carbon offset saving of 166.5 tonnes per year, and a major contribution towards Aviva’s ambitious efforts to tackle climate change. Designed with the Electric Vehicle (EV) revolution in mind, the carport has futureproofed the Horizon office to allow for the addition of EV charging infrastructure to meet user demand as it arises. This would allow Aviva employees to charge their low-carbon vehicle directly from the sun and avoid the constraints of an overloaded electricity grid.Stuart Wright, property and facilities manager at Aviva, said: “The solar carport is a really innovative way to generate green energy, tackle climate change and reduce our environmental impact. It’s a fantastic design that delivers on the environmental benefits without impacting on space.  And it’s ready for the future with the electric vehicle revolution just around the corner. We are thrilled with RenEnergy’s brilliant design and construction. It was great to be able to use a local company whose skill and expertise in this field has delivered this amazing result.”

Onshore investment

Continued investment offshore is backed by investment onshore, including a new state of the art Offshore Wind Skills Centre, upgrades to the major ports at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft and new Operations & Maintenance facilities by the key industry players. 

The UK government continues to support the sector in the region with strong political backing and with incentives and assistance on offer to expanding companies. 


Sector support 

EEEGR, the East of England Energy Group, is a membership organisation based in Great Yarmouth for companies in the energy sector. It provides business introductions, networking opportunities, sector conferences, free job advertising, and up-to-date industry intelligence.

Other sectors

Together, Norfolk & Suffolk has internationally recognised specialisations in these three sectors. Our region is home to major global companies, leading edge R&D, expert talent pools and supportive networks.

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