Solar Canopies Protect Your Car and Charge It Too

Roshni Khatri

4th Aug'22

Timber framer and designer Mike Beganyi of MBDC LLC developed solar canopies for SunCommon, a provider of renewable energy in New York and Vermont. According to Beganyi, they are conventional structures created by a timber frame firm for mass production. 

We love timber frames because it is attractive and we love wood construction since it stores carbon for the duration of the project. Moreover, It keeps local artisans busy and the wood can be recycled endlessly. 

Additionally, they mount everything on our preferred foundations, helical piles. Therefore, the parts can be unscrewed and reused even if we are getting our energy from a portable device rather than the one in the sky.

They were made to withstand the average wind and snow loads in the Northeast US. All of the major components were assembled using traditional mortise and tenon joinery (CNC cut), and the steel post bases were either welded into helical piers for installations where clients didn't want concrete or connected to a foundation or slab. 

These solar canopies are designed to cover parking spaces, so the car can charge all day. Moreover, they can be positioned at the ideal orientation and angle to maximize solar gain because they are separate structures. 

In this article, we will discuss the solar canopies which protect your car and charge it too, so let's start!

 

Solar Canopies

 

What are Solar Canopies?

A solar canopy is a roof or overhanging structure that can give shade or shelter from weather conditions including the sun, hail, snow, and rain by putting a fabric or metal covering over it. With this, it is a good step for technology development and sustainable practices to protect the environment. Each type of solar canopy has space beneath the solar panels that can be used practically. This is an integral advantage of solar canopies, and its main point of distinction compared to other mounting systems, especially rooftop and ground-mounted solar panel installations.

Tesla and other EV owners favor solar carports because they can use them as both a parking space and a charging station. And when the vehicle isn't in use, the energy system's power output can be exported to the grid or transmitted to the house for bill credits.

The Solar Canopies are not just for EV owners. With this several homeowners do not want the solar panels on their roof because it can spoil their homes’ s aesthetic. Additionally, you generally don't want to encumber land with ground-mounted solar panels unless you live in the country. Therefore A solar carport installation is a great solution in these circumstances. Here are some explanations of why people select solar carports for their residences:

  • It provides a covered parking spot if you don't have a garage space.

  • Allows you to use green energy to charge your emission-free electric vehicle.

  • Using solar energy to charge an EV is less expensive than using grid electricity.

  • If your home is not appropriate for rooftop solar, then it is a terrific option.

 

Solar Canopies

 

Solar Canopies and Charging

Car park solar canopies are one of the most useful tools for solar panels. Such solar sheds are increasingly paired with electric vehicle charging stations and amplifying the use of parking spaces. When it comes to using the electricity produced by these solar parks, it can either be fed directly into the grid, used for personal use, or stored in batteries for later use. Additionally, solar panels can be erected on the rooftops of service and gas stations.

Besides this, there may be ground-based structures or different solar sheds, such as those that serve as covered parking areas for vehicles. Solar canopies not only produce inexpensive, environmentally friendly electricity but also shield people and property from inclement weather such as rain or snow. It also offers comfortable shade from the effects of direct sunshine and enhances the beauty of the urban area. 

You may provide a number of advantages to everyone who parks on your property by using solar parking structures. A solar canopy gives patrons and staff members shade and cooling for their parked cars which results in less electricity and gasoline usage. 

The energy radiation of the solar canopies deepened upon their size. When there is an abundance of green energy on a given day, it is kept in the building's power supply for using it at night. BESS is a clever way to store energy for later usage.

So now you can generate one solar carport or solar canopy to produce green electricity, sounds enticing! With the help of solar carports, you can protect people and property from the sun's rays and other adverse elements while also generating green energy for your company. Solar carports are ideal for businesses that cannot install solar panels on their roof because of the direction the building faces or if shading is a problem. With this, you may frequently position solar canopies to get the most out of your solar panels.

 

Cost for Solar Canopies 

It can be challenging to identify a single number as several variables play a prime role in ascertaining the cost of solar canopies. The overall cost depends upon the size of the structure you want, the size of the solar system, the standard of the tools used and the cost of installation in your area.

 

Pros and Cons of Solar Canopies

There are numerous aspects related to solar canopies. Well for now have a look at some prime highlights and challenges of it:

Pros

  • There are numerous uses for structures.

  • Location flexibility is one of the prime elements of solar canopies, as they can be installed in parking lots, parks, backyards and buildings.

  • Solar power generation can be maximized by adjusting the orientation and angle of the panels at the time of creating unique solar canopy constructions. 

  • Solar panels can be used with solar canopies, and their better efficiency can help to offset the higher cost of the mounting structure.

 

Solar Canopies

 

 

Cons

  • The expense of building the structure implies that solar canopies often cost more than rooftop installations due to the materials and labor involved.

  • A solar canopy or other similar structure frequently needs a building permit from the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ), in addition to the permits needed for a solar system.

 

Conclusion

Solar canopies are structures that are made to support solar panels that dangle over the ground while leaving usable space below. Solar canopies produce solar energy, which lowers energy costs while enabling usage of the space below. However, there are numerous different configurations for solar canopies, including domestic solar carports, commercial solar carports, solar pergolas, solar gazebos, and even solar patio covers. In short, it is a good environmentally friendly option to park the cars and charge them as well. Besides this solar canopies are beneficial for sustainable development as it helps in environmental degradation.

 

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A keen observer, who loves to spend time with nature. A fun loving person, enjoys to explore the new aspects of life. Passionate about reading and learning new things. Roshni is dedicated towards her work and has worked in different professions.

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