How Long Does a Solar Carport Installation Take?

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Investing in one or several solar carports is a major decision, and like any big capital investment, can take some time before you can reap the benefits. Discover the timeline of a solar carport installation process and how long each phase typically takes.

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Overview of Solar Carport Installation Process

A solar carport installation is divided into four phases: the design stage, the permit stage, the installation stage, and cleaning & commissioning.

The design stage involves a site visit with our groundworkers and electricians to gather information in order to produce a detailed design.

During the permit stage, planning and DNO (Distribution Network Operator) applications are submitted for approval from the local authority and DNO office.

The installation stage includes the groundworks, carport frame installation, solar panel installation, and the installation of inverters, EV chargers, and solar storage batteries.

Finally, the cleaning & commissioning phase involves connecting the solar panels to the inverter and testing the installation before handing it over to the customer.

The duration of each phase varies depending on factors such as the size of the carport installation and the approval process for planning and DNO applications.

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Phase 1: Design Stage

The Design Stage begins with a site visit conducted by us, including groundworker and electrician. We check the ground conditions, survey for any existing services, check the dimensions and have a look at your consumer unit in order to plan the cabling installation.

Based on the site visit, a detailed design pack is produced, which includes a wiring diagram, structural calculations, and CAD drawings. 

The design pack is then sent to the you for approval prior to submitting a planning application.

The duration of this stage is typically around 4 weeks.

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Phase 2: Permit Stage

During the Permit Stage, a planning application is submitted to the local authority for the carport installation.

If the carport installation is intended to be connected to the grid, a DNO application is also submitted to the local Distribution Network Operator. However, if you opt to store the energy in batteries, this may not be necessary

The approval process for planning and DNO applications can take between 8-16 weeks, with an average duration of 12 weeks - depending on the local authority you're working with.

In the meantime, if the design has been approved, the manufacturing process begins.

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Phase 3: Installation Stage

Once the necessary permissions have been received, the installation team arrives on site and fences off the area for safety.

The groundworks, including digging and pouring concrete foundations and laying cables, are then carried out.

Following the completion of the groundworks, the carport frame is installed, followed by the solar panels.

In addition, the inverters, EV chargers (if part of the installation), and solar storage batteries (if installing) are installed.

The duration of this stage can range from 4-8 weeks, depending on the size of the carport installation.

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Phase 4: Cleaning & Commissioning

During the cleaning & commissioning phase, the solar panels are connected to the inverter, which is then connected to the battery storage and EV charging points (if applicable), as well as the Main Consumer Unit of the building.

The installation is thoroughly tested and commissioned to ensure proper functionality.

Any necessary repairs to the ground surface in the carpark are made, and the site is cleared of any waste generated during the installation.

Once the site is clean and safe, the fencing is taken down and the installation is handed over to the customer, ready to start generating electricity.

The duration of the cleaning & commissioning phase can range from 2-4 weeks, depending on the size of the carport installation.

Planning Your Carport Installation

In conclusion, investing in a solar carport installation is a significant decision that can bring long-term benefits in terms of energy savings and sustainability.

Understanding the timeline of the installation process, from design to commissioning, is crucial for planning and managing expectations. Each phase of the process has its own timeline, from the initial design stage to the final cleaning and commissioning phase.

By working with experienced professionals, you can ensure a smooth and successful solar carport installation. If you are considering investing in a solar carport, let's discuss your specific needs and options for a customized solution.