Solar Car Park Project Set to Get Underway for Salford City Council

Two depots run by Salford City Council are set to take a step closer to their net zero carbon targets after news they are undertaking a solar car port project which will revolutionise the way they generate electricity.

The scheme, which is being designed and delivered by Vital Energi, is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and, when complete, will see four state-of-the-art solar car ports installed across the council’s Turnpike Depot and Swinton Hall Road Depot.

Artist's Impression of Solar Car Port Design

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Solar PV is one of the most effective ways of reducing your carbon emissions, but for a project to work you need the space to install them. By choosing solar car ports the Council have been able to make use of their car park without losing any spaces. It’s an innovative solution and will allow the council to generate significant solar electricity which is another strong step on their road to net zero.

Gemma Dyson, Proposals Manager - Vital Energi

One solar car port sized at 177kW will be installed at the Swinton Hall Depot, whilst a larger scheme comprising of 3 car ports sized at 477kW will be installed at the Turnpike Depot.  The electricity generated will be fed into the depot buildings and offset electricity from the grid.

The schemes are being delivered for Salford City Council who is a partner in the Unlocking Clean Energy Greater Manchester project.  Greater Manchester has set a target of becoming a carbon-neutral city region by 2038 and are using the GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) Go Neutral Smart Energy framework to procure the schemes.