Below you will find the answers to the most common questions we are asked about our solar EV-Ports.
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Solar panels are robust and designed to stand up to the elements - with zero-moving-parts and lacking sub-components that could be prone to failure. The German made SolarWatt solar panels Solisco use come with a 30 year warranty for both product and performance.
The solar PV system has no moving parts and therefore, there is no maintenance required, apart from the periodic cleaning of the PV modules.
Sunlight on photovoltaic modules produces direct current (DC) electricity which is converted to alternating current (AC) by a device called an inverter, which is wired into your main service panel where it powers your home appliances or charges your electric vehicle or home stoarge battery.
Installing solar panels will likely increase the value in your property. A recent study by the Eco Experts found that a third of all property buyers would willingly pay more for a house with solar installed on the roof, with the motivations for doing so being lower electricity bills and improving the building’s EPC (energy performance certificate). This also applies to solar EV-Ports. An advantage of a Solisco EV-Port compared to a garage for example, is that it is mobile and therefore can be disassembled and reinstalled at a new location.
Many people have wrongly assumed that solar panels don’t work in cold or cloudy places, but even the world’s lowest ranking places for sunny days have excelled. Germany, who ranks low in sunny days, is globally recognized as the solar energy capital of the world with solar accounting for an estimated 7.4 percent of the country’s net-electricity generation in 2016.
There is a common misconception that solar panels are less efficient in cold weather. However, solar panels have proven to be more efficient in the lower temperatures found in autumn or spring, as when solar panels are colder, they are able to better conduct electricity. The reason summer is the best overall season is due to the consistently higher amount of sunshine and fewer cloudy days in the months of December, January and February, as well as the longer day light hours that we enjoy over the summer months.
While solar panels aren’t as efficient in cloudy conditions as during bright, sunny days, they still do their job, just at a reduced rate. Depending on your specific panels and the amount of cloud cover, solar panels can still produce 10-25% of their rated capacity.
Our EV-Ports can be designed to suit any number of cars from a single EV-Port for domestic use up to modular fleet EV-Ports that can cover complete parking areas for hundreds of cars.
An EV-Port is treated in the same way as a detached garage or car port. Planning permission is not required for a detached garage or car port provided that:
1. The garage is used for domestic purposes only.
2. The ground area covered by the garage/car port and any other buildings within the boundary of the property, excluding the original house, is not more than half the total area of the property.
3. No part of the garage is in front of the principal or side elevation of the original house that faces onto a road.
4. The maximum height of the garage/car port is 4 metres.
5. The maximum eaves height of the garage/car port is 2.5 metres if it is within 2 metres of the property boundary.
6. No part of the garage is within 3.5 metres of the boundary with a road to the rear of the house.
7. If you live in a house within a World Heritage Site, area of outstanding natural beauty or National Park the maximum total area of ground covered by buildings situated more than 20 metres from any wall of the house does not exceed 10 square metres.
8. If you live in a house within a conservation area, World Heritage Site, area of outstanding natural beauty or National Park the garage is not situated between the principal or side elevation of the house and its boundary.
Measurements are always calculated using external measurements.
Note: A garage which is attached to the house will be treated as an extension for which the rules in Section 1 will apply. Planning permission is not required providing you comply with the rules for building an extension.
If you live in a house which is a listed building, it is likely that you will need Listed Building Consent for any building operations. If the development is within the curtilage of a listed building you may need to submit a planning application for the work unless listed building consent has already been granted. Your local planning office will be able to advise you.
More information can be found here: http://www.planningni.gov.uk/index/.../advice_home_garages.htm