Empowering communities with responsibly sourced energy
Perhaps unsurprisingly as renewables company, CSR is at the core of our entire business. At AES, our goal is to harness our solar expertise to help prevent climate change, along with some other specific measures we have taken internally, including:
Installation of photovoltaic modules and solar thermal collectors on our own facility to offset energy use
Decreased paper usage by 80%
Increased recycling of paper, plastic, and glass by 62%
Introduced a composting program, decreasing waste by a further 15%
Planned on-site company garden with vegetable patch – grown using our own compost!
A commitment to the creation of a circular business model in terms of manufacturing waste
All these small changes build towards our ultimate aim of decarbonising our energy supply to reverse climate change and create sustainable clean energy. However, this is not our only goal. At AES, our national and local communities are just as important to us as the environment.
We love getting involved in activities close to home too, hosting an interactive science tent at the biggest ever one day event held in Moray, Piping at Forres. Events like these are so important for sparking inspiration within the local community.
Three Peaks Challenge
In September 2018 a team from AES Solar took on the Three Peaks Challenge – to climb the highest peaks of Scotland, England and Wales within 24 hours. Overcoming the elements, the team reached the third and final summit in 22 hours and 48 minutes and raised over £3,000 for the British Heart Foundation.
In 2017, following a flood of scammers contacting solar users pressuring them into unnecessary and expensive upgrades and servicing, AES Solar established a free-phone helpline offering impartial advice and assistance, to support to those at risk.
Matters such as the end of the Feed-in tariff (FiT) are vital to our business, customers and community. AES has managed to meet with local MPs as well as the Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, to gain clarification on the end of FiT and what the future holds. With the replacement Smart Export Guarantee (SEG) yet to take off, as solar energy specialists it’s important we campaign for fair and sensible policies that protect the future of our industry and benefit both our customers but the environment too.
AES Solar welcomed the Living Wage increase and is proud to be an accredited Living Wage employer – rewarding a day’s work with pay that reflects real-world living costs. The benefits of a fairly-paid, motivated and skilled workforce are clear every day.
Sharing grounds with the local stadium and with members of our staff playing for local community teams, AES Solar proudly supports Forres and Nairn District Welfare Football Association, and the AES Solar McIntosh Rosebowl. Events and associations like these help ensure safe, well-funded spaces that foster community spirit and sporting talent within the local area.
We know the value of investing in young talent, for the individual, but also for ourselves. AES Solar has seen multiple modern apprentices and graduate scheme staff progress into becoming a full-time member of our team. This gives young people the power to build a career and promotes the fresh thinking needed for future innovation within our industry.
Youth Development Programs
AES Solar are big believers in fostering young talent and growing their future employment opportunities. This is reflected in our continuous investment into local youth development programs such as ‘Career Ready’, a national charity partnering with schools and employers to mentor young people and empower them in their early careers.
AES Solar also has a STEM Ambassador (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) within the team, whose mission is to actively inspire young people to take up interests and careers within STEM industries.