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Car park solar system wins recognition

11 April 2016

Two solar installations on multi-storey car parks have received two awards after their recent completion.

Both are located in Exeter, at the March Arches and John Lewis car parks in the city centre, and were designed and installed by SunGift Energy for Exeter City Council.

They were awarded the Innovation Award at the Western Morning News Business Awards and the Most Sustainable Public Sector Project (Innovation Award) at the Public Sector Sustainability Awards in London.

The 150kW installations were recognised for creating an improved and more attractive parking option and generating increased use and revenue for parking services, in addition to making practical use of the sun's energy.

Cars parked on the top deck of the car parks are now covered by over 500 solar panels, generating over 285,000kWh of electricity and saving more than 150 tonnes of CO2 per year.

The systems required specialist mounting equipment to ensure structural integrity of the car parks.

Devon-based SunGift, which installs commercial systems throughout the UK, won the contract with Exeter City Council following a competitive tender against local and national companies.

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