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Groundbreaking Solar Canopy Car Park Arrays

Partner : 10 October 2019

Pioneering Solar Canopy arrays were installed on two of Exeter City Council’s largest City Centre Car Parks that broke new ground, not only in the South West, but also nationally and represent innovation that can be shared.


Key Outputs

The solar PV arrays generate 285,227 kWh of renewable energy, and save 150 tonnes of CO2 per year. They present:

Zero Carbon: Linked to low-energy lighting installed, a zero-carbon parking service is achieved.

Dual Benefit: The Car Park Canopy structures provided undercover parking, providing for more attractive parking, happier customers and increased parking revenue.

Technical Innovation: The Solar canopy project is a UK first and provides a workable, structural parking solution.

Solar EV Charging: Car Park Users can charge Electric Vehicles using renewable energy and parking services charge their own electric vans overnight.

Community Benefit: The work was completed by a local installer, with local design and engineering, visible promotion of the benefits of solar PV, and the sale of green energy to local voluntary group based in a building next to Car Park.


Project Lead and Partners Involved