As the UK Government seeks to include more renewable energy in theÂ energy mix, solving problems associated with intermittent renewableÂ generation will become more imperative due to the capacity issuesÂ in our electricity distribution networkÂ (BEIS, 2017) . Low carbon solutions whichÂ balance electricity supply and demand are required to achieve this, andÂ multifunctional solar car parks can be part of this solution.
Multifunctional solar car parks can provide a number of revenueÂ streams in addition to power sales and other benefits offered by aÂ renewable energy source. However, when preparing a business case,Â consideration should also be given to operation, maintenance andÂ security requirements, especially in areas susceptible to vandalism.
BRE National Solar Centre (NSC) in collaboration to FlexiSolar has recently launchedÂ a good practice guide for owners and developersâ€™ provides an outline of the key factors to be considered when developing a business case for a multifunctional car park project from planning through to delivery. The guide looks at multifunctional solar car parks that combine renewable energy generation with energy storage and EV charging points.
Funded by Innovate UK and launched at Ecobuild, the Guide shows how multifunctional solar carports can add value to car parks by improving their economic and environmental performance.