Car park canopies for a new age

When Ciarán from EcoHorizon (one of Ireland’s leading Solar PV solutions providers) was looking to install a 45 panel car park canopy, he knew exactly who to partner with on this fantastic project. We are delighted to announce that we have completed work on the structure, which supports 45 bi-facial PV panels and provides a canopy over 6 parking spaces at a location in the South-East.

The panels are all facing South, at an angle of 15 degrees. This gives the client the benefit of a great orientation as well as a useable structure, in this case a 6 bay parking canopy. As you can see the project used bi-facial panels, which should give great benefits over the long term.

The structure itself is from galvanised steel, where required we can coat our structures to match the client’s colour requirements.

We hope to partner with EcoHorizon on many similar projects in the future and we wish the client many hours of sunshine over the coming months.

If you are looking at an ambitious Solar PV project, talk to us by phone at 089 229 5091 or via email at hi@solarstructures.ie

Solutions to limited roof space for typical roof mount Solar PV systems

Often when homeowners and solar installers are looking at a roof for a solar deployment a number of factors might mean that the roof is not suitable for a typical deployment of solar panels.

Home with limited space for typical Solar PV roof install

Some of the main reasons are:

1 Orientation: In many cases the roof could be orientated in such as way as to provide a limited amount of South facing roof.

2 Velux and Dormer bungalows: Due to the addition of windows often there is limited clear space on the South / East / West sides of the roof, which means that the design might not allow for as many panels as required to be installed.

3 Roofing material: Often the material used on the roof means that a typical roof installation is just not possible.

18 panel car port

We often have solar installers and homeowners / businesses come to us looking for a solution to these challenges.  We have developed a number of options that provide the end-user with a robust solar deployment while maximising the use of their outdoor space.

In a recent case study we installed a lean-to ground-mount system to a pre-existing wall.  This is a solution we believe could work very well on urban locations with limited scope for a larger pergola type structure.

Where the space permits, we would recommend a free standing pergola / carport as this type of deployment allows the client to use the space underneath.

If you are a solar installer, looking at a complicated deployment where limited roof space could be an issue, give us a call.  We design, fabricate and install bespoke ground mount systems and free standing structures, that help homeowners and solar installers harness the solar PV potential of any location.

Outdoor gyms and Solar carports

Due to the vision of a recent client by repurposing our carport into an outdoor gym complete with an integrated pull-up bar, we would like to offer a free pull-up bar with the first three orders placed for domestic structures in January 2023.

If you are not quite the pull-up bar type, we can look at adding in some other modification such as brackets for an outdoor kitchen, hammock hooks or anything that you can imagine!

This structure also came with an integrated guttering system along with an EV charger. Get in touch for more information.

Car ports reimagined

We are very proud to showcase our latest car port project in conjunction with JFW renewables. This 18 panel, 7.2KW capacity solar PV array will do the following:

  • Save money for the homeowner on their electricity bills
  • Generate clean green energy
  • Lower their carbon emmissions
  • Give them an additional outdoor space
  • Provide them with a EV charging solution

We would like to thank the homeowner and JFW for entrusting us with this project.

If you have a space that could be reimagined via a Solar Structure, get in touch!

Solar Structures powering off-grid Arts festivals

Solar Structures off-grid mobile solar array

We are very proud to announce that Ciotóg.ie, a Connemara based arts group have partnered with Solar Structures to provide zero carbon mobile power to a series of zero-carbon arts events in Connemara.  Ríonach, the CEO of the Arts group is really excited about the upcoming events:

“We had always wanted to do something that would make our festivals carbon free.  We came across the mobile dual-axis arrays that Solar Structures had developed, and we decided to partner with them to power our Summer festival season.  We think it will be great to organise events that are zero carbon, all the while powered by Solar Structures off-grid solutions.”

Our 4-panel array, powering off-grid events in Conamara

Two events organised by ciotog.ie were powered by the Solar Structures 1.6Kw dual axis array, with a 5.5Kwh battery, which acted as a demonstration of the potential of Solar PV to power events in locations without electricity power.  The arts group were very conscious of the amount of carbon generated by diesel generators and wanted to prove that a different approach was possible.  They searched far and wide for a solution, until they found Solar Structures and our off-grid mobile array.   In the words of Ruairi O’Neill, CEO of Solar Structures:

“We are really looking forward to proving our technology at off-grid events.  We believe that in the coming years many more festival and event organisers will be looking for low-carbon solutions to their energy challenges.  We are very happy to support Ríonach and Ciotog.ie this Summer.  Now that we have a solution designed and built, we are looking for more festivals and events to show the wider public the potential of Solar PV and off-grid battery technology.”

If you would like more information on the events planned by ciotog.ie please contact Ríonach at Rionach@hopeitrains.ie  If you have an event coming up and you would like to discuss how some of our solar PV solutions could help you, please contact us at hi@solarstructures.ie

Solar Structures support Zero carbon craft beer

When Maurice Deasy of the innovative craft beer brewery, Canvas, (www.canvas.ie) decided to lower the overall carbon emissions of his business in North Tipperary, he decided to partner with Solar Structures.  The historic slate-roofed farm building that houses his brewing works was deemed inappropriate for a standard roof mounted solar deployment.  It was clear that a special solution was needed to give the brewery the benefit of clean green solar generated electricity.

Maurice had heard of Solar Structures online and was very interested in the innovative range of structures for holding solar PV panels that this Galway company had developed.  Solar Structures (solarstructures.ie) focus on creating structures that hold Solar PV and give the client an upgraded usable outdoor space, such as carports, covered walkways, bicycle shelters, car park canopies.

By looking at a free-standing structure there were also advantages in that firstly the historic roof of the brewery building would not be touched.  Secondly, by adding a standalone structure with solar PV panels, this would allow the brewery to upgrade the outdoor space at the business. 

In the words of Maurice Deasy, owner of Canvas brewery:

“The idea of a standalone structure really made huge sense to us, it meant that we were ‘killing two birds with one stone’ in that we were getting all the advantages of a standard deployment of Solar PV panels all the while gaining additional outdoor space.  We are at the forefront from an innovation and sustainability point of view, we use our own well water, our own ingredients from the farm and  we are one of the few breweries producing wood-fired beer.  Now we will be producing beer with even lower carbon emissions along with lowering our electricity input costs.”

The modular structure that has been built will has a variable pitch, meaning that the angles of the panels can be changed depending on the season.  This means that the panels can be optimised for 10, 20 and 30 degrees angles.  Ruairí O’Neill of Solar Structures is very excited about this design element:

“At Solar Structures, we really are about breaking new ground in the field of structures for solar PV panels.  The idea of a variable pitch free standing structure with multiple use functionality really appealed to our design team, as we love a challenge.  Most of our designs have a set pitch, but from our discussions with the client, Canvas Brewery, we understood that they too were looking to create something special to hold their Solar PV deployment.”

The structure was built in galvanised steel to ensure that it stands the test of time.

The power output of the system is expected to significantly reduce the carbon output of the awarding winning craft beer, all the while reducing the running costs of the business.

For more information on this project and on our many other projects, please contact us at:

hi@solarstructures.ie

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