Ocean Terminal Coach Canopy – ABP Port of Southampton

About the client

Associated British Ports – ABP is the UK’s leading port operator, with a unique network of 21 ports across England, Scotland and Wales. Their ports include Immingham, the UKs busiest port, and Southampton, the nation’s second largest and most efficient container port, as well as the UK’s number one for cars and cruise. In 2016 ABP and its customers handled 89 million tonnes of cargo. They support 119,000 jobs and contribute £7.5 billion to the UK economy every year.

The Port

ABP Southampton is the UK’s number one vehicle handling port, Europe’s leading turnaround cruise port and the UK’s most productive container port. Operated by DP World Southampton, the terminal is home to the new 500m Deepwater quay SCT5, which was purpose built to handle the biggest ships in the world.

A major dredging programme ensures that 15.5m draft vessels – the biggest currently afloat – can access the port on most days of the year. The port also handles handles around 820,000 vehicles each year and is home to the UK’s second largest container terminal handling more than 1.5 million teus each year.

Drivers for the project

ABP have a company wide policy to deliver renewable technology across all operational ports in order to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption.


Custom solar secured a framework partnership with ABP via an OJEU competitive tendering process across the whole of the industry which scored the bidders on several factors including; Health & Safety, design & engineering capability, delivery capability and experience in the design and installation of large-scale solar projects.


In what are currently very difficult times for everyone we are very proud to have been able to continue the delivery of projects like this. The Health & Safety of our staff and ABP personnel on site was our ultimate priority and the team developed specific safe systems of work alongside ABP to allow the project to progress.


Despite the impact of COVID 19, the 117.6kWp solar system was successfully installed on the new  Ocean Terminal Coach Canopy within 6 working days, incorporating amended safe systems of work and social distancing measures.


The project is an extension to the existing 1.7mW installed by Custom Solar across multiple buildings on the port including the main Ocean Terminal, this means Solar is now providing approximately 20% of annual daytime demand.

Custom Solar operate and maintain all of the systems across the port providing live monitoring via our bespoke monitoring solution, full reactive maintenance and annual scheduled service visits.

Project details

Port of Southampton
System size
117.6 kwp
Panel manufacturuer
Trina 280W
Number of panels
Inverter manufacturuer
Annual System Genereation
103,420 kwh
CO2 Savings over 25 years
208.3 tonnes
Completion date
May 2020
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