Portsmouth International Ports Car Port Canopy

Project Overview

Portsmouth International Port (PIP) is a major UK port, responsible for handling millions of customers and vital cargo across the globe. Owned and operated by Portsmouth City Council, the port has grown extensively over the decades. Starting with just one route to France from a small section of reclaimed harbour front in 1976, it is now known as Britain’s best connected port with more destinations than any other.

Portsmouth City Council’s enthusiasm to invest in the renewable sector has lead to development of an innovative solar carport, roof top and battery storage solution. Custom Solar were chosen to develop and pioneer the first ever carport canopy PV system on a UK port. The canopy’s system alone makes up for 50% of the sites vast 1,080.9kWp Solar PV installation. With the canopy, HV infrastructure upgrades and the 1MWh battery storage system, PIP will generate 1,128,499kWh’s of energy per year, reducing annual CO2 emissions by 204 tonnes. The scale of the project will put the city on the right track for reducing their carbon footprint and moving to a more sustainable future.


Cllr Kimberly Barrett, Cabinet member for Climate Change and Environment at Portsmouth City Council said: “It is the council’s priority to support clean growth. I’m delighted that we’ve met our target to begin generating clean energy at the port by the end of 2022. When fully operational, the scheme will reduce annual emissions by 239 tonnes at this busy site. We’re committed to take positive action to tackle climate change, and this cut in emissions will boost our efforts to reduce carbon emissions across the city to net-zero by 2030″.

How Can We Help You?

Custom Solar LTD designs, installs and maintains nationwide solar systems for corporations and public sector institutions. Our track record of tailoring projects for large-scale commercial clients relies on our creativity, our expertise in engineering and an industry-leading attitude to health & safety. We value the trust placed in us to provide a solar solution and investment plan for each client that we work with. Whatever your solar energy needs, you can rely on our industry-leading and experienced team to secure a future-proof, renewable and sustainable future for your organization.

Custom Solar – as part of the Mitie group – can offer a range of services. Being part of a multi-sector Facility Management Company with years of experience means we can bring customers more efficient and cost-effective service delivery than ever before as we use technology-backed solutions.

Project details

Portsmouth International Port
System Size
1.08 MWp
Panel Type
450W Trina
Inverter Manufacturer
Annual System Generation
1,128,499 kWh
Annual CO2 Savings
204 Tonnes
Completion Date
August 2022

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