An Introduction to Able Canopies

Solar Canopies

Solar Carports & Canopies

Generate free electricity with a solar carport or a solar canopy! Solar carports enable you to provide shade from the sun and shelter from rain whilst collecting clean energy for your school or business. Solar carports are perfect for organisations that are unable to have solar panels installed on their roof due to the direction that the building faces, or if shading is a problem. Solar canopies can be positioned to ensure that you get the best from your solar panels.


There are four structures within our range for you to choose from, all of which are ideal for use as a solar carport and a solar canopy. They are robust free standing structures constructed from either steel or aluminium frames and can be covered with high quality solar panels. Please note: we only supply and install the canopy frame however, our they are compatible with many solar panels and we can work with your solar panels supplier to ensure a perfect integration.

Our solar carports are energy efficient structures that have a double purpose of providing shade and shelter whilst also generating free electricity for your organisation; they are perfect for reducing your carbon footprint and saving costs on electricity bills. These canopies will also pay for themselves over the years through the electricity the solar panels generate.

Our free standing solar canopies can be used as covered waiting areas, playground canopies, covered walkways, trolley shelters, solar carports, alfresco dining canopies and much more. They are also brilliant for outdoor learning areas, offering the perfect opportunity to teach pupils about how solar energy is generated and it can help to save the environment.

Not sure which solar canopy is right for you? Contact us to discuss your needs

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Grange Mono-Pitch Solar Canopy
Grange Mono-Pitch Solar Canopy Manufactured from steel and covered with high quality solar panels, enabling you to offer your pupils, customers and visitors effective cover from the weather with a canopy that pays for itself.
Grange Apex Solar Canopy
Grange Apex Solar Canopy The Grange Apex Solar Canopy features solar panels on both sides of the apex roof, resulting in high solar absorption and even more electricity generated for your school or company.
Kensington Mono-Pitch Solar Canopy
Kensington Mono-Pitch Solar Canopy The Kensington Mono-Pitch Solar Carport & Canopy protects from the elements whilst also generating free energy for your school or company.
Kensington Dual-Pitch Solar Canopy
Kensington Dual-Pitch Solar Canopy The Kensington Dual-Pitch Solar Carport & Canopy absorbs solar energy from two directions due to its gull-wing design.

Solar Power

We designed a range of canopies that are compatible with solar panels (not sourced by Able Canopies) that will last for many years to come. Enabling you to earn back the money that the canopy originally cost you by saving on your energy bills.

Our range of solar canopies are ideal for schools, colleges, the health sector, shopping centres, leisure and holiday resorts or any organisation that is looking to become more sustainable and save on electricity bills. Investing in a solar carport demonstrates dedication and support to renewable energy, sending a very positive message to your students, customers and visitors about the use of eco-friendly solar energy to minimise your impact on the environment. 

Benefits of a Solar Carport or Canopy

  • It Will Pay for Itself – Leaving you with a structure that essentially becomes free over the years by generating free energy and therefore saving money on your electricity bills
  • Reduce your Carbon Footprint - Save on electricity bills whilst also reducing your carbon footprint and protect yourself from rising energy prices
  • Excellent Learning Aid – Installing a solar canopy can be an excellent learning aid for lessons such as Geography and Science
  • Positioned to Ensure Optimum Solar Efficiency – We can position the canopies to ensure optimum solar consumption, which is not possible when installing solar panels to existing building roofs
  • You Choose Your Solar Panels – We only supply and install the canopy frame, leaving you to source the solar panels that meet your requirements, can we then work with your supplier for a smooth integration

How Solar Carports Work

How Solar Carports & Canopies Work - Able Canopies Ltd.



Please read the solar carport frequently asked questions below to find out more about how a solar canopy or carport can benefit you.

Q. What is PV?

PV stands for Photovoltaic and the Photovoltaic effect is the conversion of sunlight into solar energy.

Q. Where will the inverter box be installed?

The inverter box will either be installed onto the canopy or on a nearby wall, depending on which is more suitable. It needs to be kept as close to the solar canopy as possible in order to ensure maximum output and safety of the cables. This will be discussed with your solar panel supplier.

Q. How much will I save on my energy bills if I have a solar canopy installed?

It depends on the canopy installed, the size of the canopy and the positioning. Your solar panel provider will be able to advise you on this.

Q. Why should I choose a solar canopy over having panels installed on my roof?

If you do not have a south facing roof, then you will not generate as much energy, ideally solar panels need to be installed on a south facing roof. Our solar canopies are free standing and can therefore be positioned where required, allowing you to benefit from a full south facing installation.

Q. I have received money from a grant – can I use this to purchase a solar canopy

If the grant allows you to then yes.

Q. Are the solar panels maintenance free?

Most solar panels have no moving parts and are encased within toughened glass panels, however it is advised to clean then bi-annually or annually depending on the geographical area you live in as panels work best when they are clean and dust and grime will therefore reduce the amount of solar energy you produce. You should request details from your solar panel supplier specific to the panels you choose for maintenance instructions.

Q. Am I limited to where I can have a solar canopy installed?

To a certain extent yes, because there are certain factors that can affect the amount of solar energy your canopy is able to absorb. Please see the next question for a list of these factors.

Q. What factors can affect the amount of energy I can produce?

There are many factors that can affect the amount of energy you produce including: The roof pitch of the canopy - the orientation angle of the canopy – mono-pitch solar canopies are perfect for south facing installations and the dual-pitch solar canopies are prefect for east/west installations - The size of the system - Any tree, buildings etc. that may cause shading over the panels - solar irradiation for your area - any future buildings or installations near the canopy that could affect the shading over the canopy in the future.

Q. What is Solar Irradiation for my area?

A Solar Irradiation map shows the average UV levels in each area within the UK, which affects the amount of UV you can absorb. We will supply you with a payback as part of our quotation which will calculate the output of the system based on your geographical location and points above.


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