Solar & Storage Live: SIG Building Solutions exhibits solar canopy support structure

Solar & Storage Live: SIG Building Solutions exhibits solar canopy support structure


A gull wing solar parking structure at Solar & Storage Live is set to demonstrate how organisations can provide their own green electricity to meet the growing demand for EV charging points.  SIG Building Solutions, exhibiting at the show for the first time, is erecting the galvanised steel structure, one of a number of canopy designs the group manufactures, on Stand N3.

Over 250 exhibitors will gather at Solar & Storage Live 2023, October 17-19, at the NEC and the event is expected to draw over 20,000 attendees.  It is the UK’s largest renewable energy exhibition celebrating technologies at the forefront of the transition to a greener energy system. 

SIG Building Solutions entered the solar car parking structure market late last year with a range of designs developed to help private and public sector organisations, which have large parking facilities, to capitalise on the opportunities the structures provide for capturing solar energy and reducing their carbon footprint.  SIG works in conjunction with the solar system provider to provide the structure element.

“After an exciting first year during which the interest in our solar canopy support structures has been phenomenal, we are excited to be at Solar & Storage Live,” says SIG Building Solution’s business development manager Guy Chilvers.  “Our canopies have been designed for ease of installation, so erecting our pre-built gull wing version at the NEC will not pose a challenge.”

Half of the gull wing structure at Solar & Storage Live will be painted to illustrate the possibility of applying customer brand colours and the other half will be left galvanised.  Sustainable, intelligent lighting specialist IBond LED is providing the lighting technology.

“With countries around the world banning the sale of fossil-fuelled vehicles in the years to come, customers and employees will increasingly travel in EVs.  Solar car parks will keep them moving by providing charging capacity.  At SIG Building solutions we have set out to work in conjunction with the client’s PV solar panel provider to help them generate their own clean electricity using their parking spaces,” adds Guy Chilvers.

During its first year, SIG Building Solutions has worked with clients including a local authority, a motor manufacturer, leisure centre and business park to manufacture and supply structures for circa 500 solar parking spaces.

SIG’s three basic styles include double gull wing, double mono and single row structures to support PV panels.  The canopy specification depends on the client’s requirements and on-site analysis.

SIG’s investment has resulted in a range of unique structures that require less steel, so reducing cost, and can be installed efficiently to minimise disruption to car parking during construction. The use of Z600 galvanised steel maximises the life of the structure and minimises maintenance over its lifetime.  Its low weight reduces the cost of foundations.

The structures are manufactured at SIG facilities in the UK from UK held steel, enabling quick project turnaround. 

The SIG Building Solutions’ canopies are watertight.  No steel sheet is required on the canopy support structure, the PV panels (manufactured by others) form the canopy using SIG’s mounting solution. 

New product launch at Solar & Storage Live

Join SIG Building Solutions at Stand N3 at 10.30 on Tuesday, October 17, for the launch of its new solar panel ground mounting structures.  More details to be announced.

SIG Building Solutions

SIG Building Solutions group businesses produced over two million metres of profiled steel sheeting in 2022.  Building Solutions is part of SIG plc, a leading supplier of specialist insulation and sustainable building products and solutions with an emphasis on expertise and service.  SIG plc has 6,800 employees, 432 sites and 250,000 product lines and is committed to supporting customers make tangible steps towards a greener future.

For more information, contact Guy Chilvers, SIG Building Solutions, on 07528 777513


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