- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 14 Mar 2018
Multi-functional solar car parks
As the UK government seeks to include more renewable energy in the energy mix, solving problems associated with intermittent renewable generation will become more imperative due to the capacity issues in our electricity distribution network (ref. BEIS, 2017). Low carbon solutions which balance electricity supply and demand are required to achieve this, and multi-functional solar car parks can be part of this solution.
The guide defines a solar carport as being a shelter for one or more cars that incorporates solar photovoltaic (PV) modules. A solar car park is a parking facility consisting of multiple solar carports.
Multi-functional solar car parks can provide a number of revenue streams in addition to power sales and other benefits offered by a renewable energy source. However, when preparing a business case, consideration should also be given to operation, maintenance and security requirements, especially in areas susceptible to vandalism.
The new guide provides an outline of the key factors to be considered when developing a business case for a multi-functional car park project from planning through to delivery. It looks at multi-functional solar car parks that combine renewable energy generation with energy storage and EV charging points.
To download the guide see here.
 Find out more
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
From frost damage to sulphate attack, common causes of defects in brickwork.
Precautions to take when making advance payments.
Helping communities recover from disasters and protecting them before they occur.
Instrumentation for critical healthcare environments.
Case study in the use of soft landings at the University of the West of England.
Richard Rogers wins is the AIA’s highest annual honour.
A quick introduction to a healthier and more sustainable form of construction.
The structural feasibility of modular high-rise buildings.
BRE conference on ways of providing and maintaining quality indoor environments.
CDBB publish foundational definitions and values to guide the development of the National Digital Twin.
Despite the reduction in staffing, most users remain satisfied with the service.
We run through the top 37 styles in history - but how many would you recognise?