AT A GLANCE
|Location:||Exeter Car Park, Exeter|
|Tonnes of CO2||74,000|
How UK’s first solar carports were designed for City multi-story car parks
When Exeter City Council was looking for a solar solution on two of it’s car park roofs, its key requirements were to maintain car parking spaces, keep members of the public happy, preserve parking revenue and generate a significant amount of renewable energy.
SunGift’s design and installation team responded to this by providing bespoke ‘solar carports’ that were not only one of its most technically-challenging project’s to date, but also broke new ground nationally.
Cited on the top decks of Mary Archers and John Lewis car parks, the two 150kW systems generate almost 300,000kWh of electricity per year, save more than 150 tonnes of Co2 per year and allow customers to park undercover, rather than ‘out in the open’.
SunGift worked extensively with the City Council and structural engineers to design the bespoke solution, which is the first of its kind in the UK. In addition to keeping drivers undercover, the solar car ports:
- Generate more usable parking spaces
- Keep customers’ cars undercover
- Provide renewable energy
- Benefit the public purse through lower electricity bills and increased parking revenue
- Provide solar electric vehicle charging where car park users can charge their electric cars for free
In order to provide a successful solution, SunGift had to overcome a number of technical challenges including:
- Minimising disruption to the car parks by producing a detailed project and traffic management plan
- Sourcing specialist equipment
- Designing new measures and equipment
- Working with specialist carport manufacturers
In addition to commercial car park, SunGift has also installed smaller single or double bay car ports for residential use.