Solar Carports in the UK an emerging market

The UK is yet to fully embrace the benefits of solar carport solutions, with only a handful of these innovative structures currently in the UK.

Bentley Motors, Headquarters, Crewe

Carpark Size: 1,378 bays PV Installation: 2.7 MW | Yield: 2,668 MWh

FlexiSolar has constructed the UK’s largest commercial solar carport at Bentley Motors’ manufacturing headquarters in Crewe, Cheshire.

The bespoke solar structures shelter approximately 1,378 car parking spaces at the Bentley manufacturing facility.

FlexiSolar’s V-Frame Double Row Mono Pitch solar carport design appears across twenty-seven parking rows. The carport system could cover 24 percent of Bentley’s electrical energy requirements and reduce CO2 by 3,300 tonnes per year.

Sutton, Gibson Road Multi-storey Carpark

Carpark Size: 57 bays PV Installation: 133 kWp | Yield: 120,000 kWh

FlexiSolar completed a design, manufacture and construction project with Campbell & Kennedy to produce a bespoke solar carport solution for a large multi-storey carport in Sutton, South London.

Whilst FlexiSolar offers a range of carport products, the Sutton site required an entirely bespoke frame and solar panel rail system to optimise the multi-storey position of the site, whilst accounting for the weight limitations imposed.

The resulting carport is sized at 133kWp, covers 57 car parking spaces and holds 492 solar panels. The system is expected to generate approximately 120,000kWh of energy per year, making the car park almost energy neutral, using only renewable energy to fully operate.


Barnsley, Market Gate Solar Carpark

Carpark Size: 9 bays PV Installation: 24 KWp | Yield: 22 MWh

As part of the ambitious Better Barnsley town centre redevelopment scheme, Barnsley Council commissioned a bespoke solar carport solution. The carport is based on the FlexiSolar V-Frame construction but was manufactured with modifications to the legs as requested by Barnsley Council to allow better disabled access.

The glass on glass PV panels integrated into this design allows some daylight to pass through the roof without any reduction in panel efficiency. This configuration improves ambient light levels and provides an attractive finish too.

Bourne Leisure / Solarplicity

Carpark Size: 4 Bays, multiple sites PV Installation: 10 KWp | Yield: 0.9 MWh

Bourne Leisure appointed Solarplicity to roll out co-located solar carports and EV charge-points – and FlexiSolar was engaged to design a solution within a limited budget. Through shared infrastructure, the co-location of solar carports and EV charge- points represented a cost saving of over £1,000 per charge-point installation and demonstrated a commitment to providing charging infrastructure powered by a low carbon renewable energy source.

UK holiday and theme parks are seeing an increasing number of customers arriving in electric vehicles. As customers will be away from their home charge-points, catering for this requirement is essential.