A lot has been discussed regarding the potential of solar car ports. This article from a recent event for local authorities highlights the many benefits of installing solar car ports. They are a fantastic opportunity to develop additional revenue streams from the existing assets of local authorities. Situated in the right place where the power can be consumed by offices, houses, care homes etc they can be incredibly lucrative as they can also offer additional premium services such as EV charging points. I know a lot of people would pay extra to park in a well-lit, covered car park during our long wet winters. I really hope we see more local authorities as well as private companies installing solar car ports in the near future.
They are an excellent example of solar PV at its best.Take an asset that may or may not currently earn income–then add considerable further value and income generation without any effect to the primary use. Simply pipe the power into the adjacent building and you have solved the financial conundrum about solar PV facing many local authorities across the country. I learnt that there are other less tangible benefits too. These include: better customer satisfaction (such as shelter from the rain when disembarking); co-siting car ports with other facilities (the most obvious of which is EV charging points); charging a premium parking rate for the space; advertising on the solar structure; sponsorship of the facility; addition of better LED lighting to the car park; CRC savings (where relevant); and increasing footfall in some instances (mainly where retail outlets are concerned).