Solar carports catching on in California

solar carport
I’ve posted a couple of articles about solar carports before – now it appears that the idea is catching on big time with California School Districts.  One school district that has fully embraced the solar carport concept is the Milpitas Unified School District – they get about 75 percent of their yearly electricity needs from the solar panel carports that they have built.  Over a 20 year period, Milpitas (in the California Bay Area) expects to save millions of dollars in energy costs.   Not to mention the fact that cars parked under the carport all day stay cooler, so the air conditioner doesn’t have to work quite as hard when you’re driving home for the day.

Now since solar panels and carports aren’t cheap (unfortunately), the school districts are paying for the systems via partnerships with banks and companies like Chevron, which build the carports and then sell the electricity produced back to the schools at reduced rates.

8 thoughts on “Solar carports catching on in California

  1. This is a very interesting use of this technology. Do you know how successful the residential versions of this idea have been?

  2. I agree that it’s a great use of the technology. I haven’t seen any news articles on residential use of carports, although I assume that there are some. Got any links to any news about residential ones out there?

  3. Solar carports are a really great idea, since the prices for Energy are raising constantly. I think everyone should try to get some solar cells on there rooftops. The Environment could be protected even more.

  4. The Future World Wide for Electric Vehicles (EVs) looks brighter all across many countries more Cities

    are turning to (Clean Cities) and installing more Charging Stations for (EV) some are even

    powered by the Sun, Solar Energy power for Electric Charging Stations. The day will come soon when

    Hybrid Cars and (EV)’s will out number the gas cars and gas vehicles in cities. People around the World have

    longed for this day to come when the demand for Oil will go down. All look forward to Energizing their Cars

    from the top of their own roofs through Solar Panels (PV)’s that get Free Energy from are Lord the SUN.

    The Lord’s Little Helper
    Paul Felix Schott
    November 15, 2011

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  7. I think it is a awesome idea.
    I’ve been doing carports for the last 20 years in South Africa and is definatly going to do this in SA.I’ve done my solar coarse and is gearing up to do this. When EV’S hits SA it will be great carport to have.

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