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Solar Carports – Do They Make Sense For You?

Solar Carports – Do They Make Sense For You?

As the adoption of solar technologies becomes more widely accepted, homeowners and businesses are finding new and innovative ways to integrate solar power production into their properties.  One of the newest ideas is the construction of solar carports and solar canopies.  This new innovation has allowed for solar production in already existing applications as well as providing tremendous opportunity for future construction projects.  While a typical carport or canopy provides value in simple shading it is still a one-dimensional benefit that is missing a major opportunity.  This innovation partnered with lower prices industry wide is making solar carports and solar canopies a reality.

What is a Solar Carport?

Solar carports are innovative and highly engineered, but you see versions of them almost everywhere and do not realize it.  If you have ever parked under an awning while shopping, you have parked under an opportunity for a solar carport.  If you have a shaded parking spot at work, you park under an opportunity for a solar carport.  Many homeowners even use carports currently to shade and protect their vehicles.

A solar carport is essentially a static, rigid frame that is designed to hold solar panels and connect to the power grid.  The static nature of most solar carports make them highly dependable and will last for years and years with minimum maintenance, as compared to ground mounted solutions.  Ground mounted solar arrays are quite similar to solar carports in the fact that they both attach to the earth, and they both utilize solar panels that have been angled to maximize production.

One major difference however lies in the land usage.  Ground mounted systems are primarily 3-7 feet tall which makes it hard to use the land beneath it for anything useful.  Solar carports can generate the same amount of power while providing shade for vehicles or coverings.  The land beneath the solar carports and solar canopies is still usable since it has been designed and engineered to be as such.

Benefits of Solar Carports

Use What Is Already There

There are several benefits for the use of solar carports compared to other solutions.  First and foremost is the addition of power generation to an already existing need.  Carports, awnings, and canopies have already existed in standard construction from the beginning of time, and will always be a tool that architects use for various purposes.  Adding the ability to generate electricity from the same feature is easily a benefit.

A Penny Saved Is A Penny Earned

Power generation is really the tip of the iceberg of benefits of installing a solar carport or solar canopy.  As the electricity being produced is processed either by the power supplier or used by the producer, there is significant money being saved or credited to the owner of the solar carport.  In many cases and in many states, incentives already exist for the construction of solar carports.  This means that if your company is looking to build a carport, a solar solution will save you money and continue to earn you credit during the lifespan of the product, as compared to a standard carport that is built and just need to be maintained.

Always Throwing Shade

The obvious benefit to any carport is the shading and coverage for rain or inclement weather.  Solar carports and solar canopies will achieve the exact same coverage with the added bonus of electrical power generation.  It also opens the opportunity to Electrical Vehicle (EV) owners to have access to a charging station that is powered by the solar carport array.  These charging stations are very low profile and are a significant fringe benefit to any employee.

Are Solar Carports Right For You?

In the engineering and developing of solar projects, the question often arises “Is this right for me?”.  In the case of solar carports the answer will always be YES.  Since each structure is designed specifically for use on site, they can be designed in any configuration to meet the needs of the customer.  Sizing, placement and length can all be adjusted to fit each site specific project and maximize production within the project.  The fact that land usage is not an issue because you are still using the land underneath makes solar carports one of the next great opportunities in alternative energies.

Want to Learn More?

Sun Action Trackers is a manufacturer of the most affordable solar carports and solar canopy solutions in the industry.  If you would like to learn more about how we can help you reach your alternative energy goals, please CONTACT US today for more information.

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Commercial Solar Carport Solutions By Sun Action Trackers

As the adoption of solar technologies become more widely accepted, many developers and EPC’s are finding new and innovative ways to integrate new projects into their solar portfolio.  One of the newest ideas is the construction of solar carports and solar canopies.  This new innovation has allowed for solar production in already existing applications as well as providing tremendous opportunity for future construction projects.  While a typical carport or canopy provides value in simple shading it is still a one-dimensional benefit that is missing a major opportunity.  This innovation partnered with lower prices industry wide is making solar carports and solar canopies a reality.

Commercial Opportunities for Solar Carports

Many commercial buildings have been built without the opportunity of solar in mind.  As of recently, a number of commercial rooftop projects have launched allowing companies to engage in renewable initiatives.  This has been achieved through various incentive programs, company culture initiatives and cost savings.  These projects however, represent a small percentage overall commercial solar projects due to a number of issues.

Issues With Rooftop Commercial Solar Arrays

Commercial structures often times have an extended lifespan but maintenance is required to maintain the facility.  Many structures are built with the intention that the roof will be used only to drain water from the structure and not with the idea of weight loads.  This means that a number of commercial buildings cannot support the weight of a solar array, with additional concerns arising about water flow to drain the roof properly.

Utilize Already Used Land For Solar

One of the major benefits of solar carports is the dual-use of already used land.  Parking lots are vast and large in space and provide a much more usable opportunity for solar than rooftop applications.  Land that is already being used can be better utilized and made more comfortable by its users by the use of solar carports.  The solar carports provide shade but will also provide electrical production to either cut costs or to provide power for Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations.

Incentives Using Solar Carports

Many States Are Already On Board

In the past 12 months a number of states in the U.S. have adopted and executed incentive programs specifically for solar carports.  Maryland currently has a grant program for commercial-scale solar carports and Massachusetts has recently added solar carports to the SMART Program (Solar Massachusetts Renewable Target).  There are also national tax credits up to 30% for installation of solar carports for some users (depending on business size, ownership status, minority owned businesses, women owned businesses, military veteran owned businesses).

The ITC And Commercial Solar Carports

The International Trade Commission rulings have been a hot topic in any manufacturing linked business, but there is fantastic news on the horizon in the case of commercial solar carports.  Not only can you get the 30% reduction in cost on the solar panels, but also the structural components, which in some cases will lower the cost below roof-mount systems.  The ITC tariffs also discount the installation of the ground-mounted solar carports which is not included on roof-mount systems.

A Market On The Rise

As the U.S. commercial solar carport market continues to grow, forecasts from even a year ago seem more than conservative.  What was forecast to be a 300 MW market 3 years ago is now over a 1 GW market in North America annually

Some predictions headed into the 2020’s predict that commercial solar carports could become one of the leading sources of solar power generation nationwide.  

Your Trusted Solar Carport Partner

Sun Action Trackers has over 1 GW of solar installations worldwide and continues to innovate and adapt to the solar needs of our growing industry.  Our experienced team offers full-service capabilities including design, engineering, manufacturing and installation with a track record of success nationwide. Each of our solar carport solutions is specifically designed to maximize production based on land specifications, environmental patterns, etc.

Each of Sun Action Trackers’ solar carport designs are engineered to be simple, effective and easy to install.  This simplification allows for cost savings across the board and limits overall maintenance of the solar carports.  Our solutions and installations are so streamlined that we are pleased to say that we are the most cost-effective solar carport solution in the industry.

If you would like to learn more about how Sun Action Trackers can support your solar carport project, please CONTACT US today for more information.

 

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