Solar Pod

Introducing the NEW Solar Pod (Patent Pending) from Nixon Hire, now with retractable panels!

Do you have a site with no access to mains power?
Would you normally hire a 30 - 40kVA generator?
Are reducing noise, emissions and fuel costs a priority to you?

If you answered yes to any of the above, our market-leading Solar Pod could be just what you're looking for...

The Solar Pod combines solar PV, battery storage, a back up generator and a 400 litre fuel tank in a safe and secure
self-contained unit. Perfect for medium sized sites, one Solar Pod can power as many as 5 cabins from a single Solar Pod. 

Once connected by our trained engineers, powering the site is autonomous. The site is powered by solar - battery - generator or a combination of these depending on the load demand. The solar element will either power the site directly, or will assist by charging the battery storage.



  • Solar hybrid technology for sustainable free energy                                                
  • Automatic back up generator start/stop technology for economical fuel usage                                                
  • Automatic fuel cell timed shut off for unnecessary fuel usage.                                                
  • Lower fuel consumption                                                
  • Low CO2 emissions                                                 
  • Super silent generator


  • Plug and play: 32/125 amp sockets                                                                          
  • Large fuel tank                                         
  • Dial in diagnostics from your phone or laptop                                                                                  


  • Forklift pockets                                 
  • Bottom lifting                                              
  • Large extendable solar panels     


  • Dual heavy duty locking system per door
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What is a Solar Pod? 
The Solar Pod is a hybrid solution which harvests the sun’s free energy to provide a sustainable power source, designed to replace the need for a conventional diesel generator.

How big is the Solar Pod?
The Solar Pod is 3330mm x 2745mm x 2700mm.

Why do I need to replace my generator?
The Solar Pod will save fuel, carbon and NOx compared to a normal diesel generator and also reduce noise pollution.

What is inside the Solar Pod?
The Solar Pod has a 25kVA Standby Generator, 20kWh battery storage, 15kVA inverter, a 4kWp solar array and a 500 litre fuel tank therefore we rate the Solar Pod at 40kVA.

Is the operation of the Solar Pod automatic?
Yes, the Solar Pod will always run on the most efficient mode.

When is the Solar Pod silent?
The Solar Pod is silent when powering the site from the battery storage or directly from the solar.

Why would the generator run?
The generator will automatically start on two occasions – if the battery storage is low or if the inverter is overloaded ie. the total power is too high for solar/batteries.

Does the Solar Pod have remote telemetry? 
Yes, all Solar Pods come with remote telemetry.

What is remote telemetry? 
The remote telemetry allows trained Nixon Hire staff to interrogate the system from a distance. It allows us to give you usage report that show eg. how often the generator ran and how much power came from solar.

How many site accommodation units will a Solar Pod power?
A Solar Pod can power 5-6 accommodation units and a water pump.

Can you power a larger site with a Solar Pod? 
Yes, we would recommend that if you would normally need a 60kVA generator you should hire 2 Solar Pods and if you would normally need a 100kVA generator you should hire 3 Solar Pods.

Will hiring multiple Solar Pods still save money and save carbon?
Yes, when hiring 2 or 3 Solar Pods sites can expect to break even, with the added environmental benefits of saving substantial amounts of CO2 Eq, lowering emissions and noise pollution.

Are the Solar Pods plug and play? 
Yes, the Solar Pods are designed for you to plug your site accommodation units straight into the built in distribution.

Can I order site accommodation units at the same time as I order my Solar Pod?
Yes, Nixon Hire can meet all of your site hire requirements with a single call!

Does the Solar Pod require earthing?

Who is responsible for the earthing of the Solar Pod?
It is the customer’s responsibility.

Can Nixon Hire supply an electrician to earth the Solar Pod on site?
Yes, but this would incur an additional cost.

How many sockets does the Solar Pod have?
A Solar Pod has 5 x 32 amp sockets and 1 x 125 amp single phase socket.

Can I use all of those sockets at the same time?
No - there is a changeover switch inside the unit. You select to use either the 32 amp sockets OR the 125 amp socket as required.

Can I use my own site accommodation units or some from another company? 

Will the Solar Pod work at night?
Yes - the Solar Pod will work at night either powered by the batteries or the standby generator.

Will the Solar Pod work in winter or on a rainy day? 
Yes. The unit will operate as an off grid solution with the generator/battery hybrid system in bad weather. We have case studies to prove it!

What can the Solar Pod power?
The Solar Pod can power a normal working site with site accommodation units complete with computers, fridges, kettles, heaters etc. The unit has been designed to create minimal disruption to your sites.

Can you connect two Solar Pods together? 
Not at the moment. Please contact us for more info if you are looking to do this in the future.

Which way should the Solar Pod face?
If possible, set your site up so that the Solar Pod faces south.

If I can’t face south, will it still work?
Yes, however you might have a little less benefit from the solar side of the solution.

Does the Solar Pod have any internal timers?
Yes, there are some simple timers inside the Solar Pod which will ensure even greater savings eg. by setting your working week with or without weekends.

Can you connect extra solar panels to the Solar Pod?
Yes, it is possible. Please contact us for more information.

Why would I use a Solar Pod?
Because a normal 45kVA generator creates over a tonne of carbon eq per week whereas the Solar Pod uses renewable power to both power your site and charge the batteries.

What is the lead time to hire a Solar Pod?
With a fleet of almost 70 Solar Pods, we normally have units available so would usually be able to offer a turnaround time of a week.

How can I hire a Solar Pod? 
Simply give us a call on 0333 005 0005 and we’ll do the rest! We are the preferred Solar Pod supplier for many hire companies.

Will the Solar Pod power silos? 
Yes but they need to be single phase.

Can you power other things with the Solar Pod?
Yes, applications include telecom masts, cameras, gantry systems, wheel washes, silt removers, single phase pumps and sales buildings.

Do you have a minimum hire period?
Yes - the minimum hire period for a Solar Pod is 4 weeks.

How much carbon does the Solar Pod save against a standard 45kVA generator? 
An average of 1 tonne of carbon per week.


Specification Sheet - Solar Pod
Solar Pod Flyer
Solar Pod Brochure