Solar carport system completed in South London on behalf of Sutton Council


Wednesday 19 September 2018



FlexiSolar and Campbell & Kennedy are delighted to announce the completion of a design, manufacture and construction project to produce a bespoke solar carport solution for a large multi-storey car park in Sutton, South London.



The solar carport investment has been self-funded by Sutton Council as part of its' large solar PV programme, totalling an investment of more than 500k on solar PV developments across the borough. The Solar PV programme is one of several initiatives championed by the Council to reduce its carbon emissions and to increase its projected long-term energy resilience. The Council has set a very ambitious target of becoming a zero-carbon council by 2025.

The overall programme of works was awarded to Campbell & Kennedy following competitive tender via the PfH framework. Following completion of a previous phase of PV installations for Sutton Council, Campbell & Kennedy then worked in partnership with FlexiSolar to develop the 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.

Campbell & Kennedy's Managing Director, Gerry Kennedy, said: "The entire team at Campbell & Kennedy are delighted with the results already discernible through the delivery of this contract for Sutton Borough Council. We have amassed a wealth of experience working in close partnership with both private and public bodies in the implementation of energy efficiency projects which result in significant cost savings. Campbell & Kennedy remain excited at the prospect of working alongside further progressive and pro-active councils and look forward to working again with FlexiSolar on solar PV projects in the future."

FlexiSolar's Managing Director Keenan Gratrick said: "This unusual, first of a kind, multi-storey project at the Gibson Road multi-storey car park demonstrates just how flexible our solar carport solutions can be. We worked closely with Campbell & Kennedy and Sutton Council to develop a completely tailored solution, and one at height, to enhance the existing parking provision and fully harness the opportunity to capture energy from it."

Working closely together, logistical challenges were seamlessly dealt with by both the Campbell & Kennedy and FlexiSolar teams; using telehandlers to lift each and every component of the carport to its 14-metre-high site position, working within restricted height in between floors, and running the project overnight, without road closures, to limit disruption within the Sutton area.

Speaking about its solar carport project, Ian Watts, Energy Manager at the London Borough of Sutton, said: "This is a very exciting project, not only because financially it is an attractive proposition but also because we are creating a new landmark in the borough that will show our commitment to cut our carbon emissions. The Council is embracing the new digital era and this project is a clear statement of our commitment to adopt new green technologies as part of our daily operation.

Both Campbell & Kennedy and FlexiSolar have carried out a phenomenal job in understanding not only our technical needs but also all the political, environmental and social considerations that are involved in a Council-owned solar PV project. They have been amazing partners and a key element to the success of this project."




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