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Smart Solar Canopy

Parking Lot

Redesigning our Cities

As we envision the future city, it’s crucial to consider how we can utilize existing spaces for new benefits. There are 8 parking spots per car in the U.S.  Between 30-50% of urban areas are paved, with parking lots accounting for approximately 45% of that pavement. It’s time to make an impact. 

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benefits of Solar Canopies

Solar parking canopies reduce the urban heat island effect and produce cleaner energy taking strain off the grid. Parking canopies create shade for cars which requires less cooling from A/C during hot summer months. Parking canopies can house EV charging stations and storage. 

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Canopies vs. Rooftop Solar

Roof-mounted solar projects are limited by the size and orientation of the roof and often require roof maintenance and replacements. Parking lot solar mitigates these potential challenges and comes with the added benefit of covered parking which is attractive for many establishments. 

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adoption is happening

Solar canopies are being built at various locations across the US. France has mandated solar canopies on all lots with over 80 spots with the goal of generating 11 GW of renewable energy, equivalent to 10 nuclear reactors, comprising 8% of their national electricity output.

Schools & Universities

Shopping Malls & Grocery Stores

Airports

Office Buildings

Our solutions

Smart Solar Canopy

Solar walkways and canopies for a range of applications

a vision for the future

Understand the impact

Walmart is installing large-scale solar canopies at some of their lots. According to a recent study, if Walmart did that at all 3,571 of its U.S. super centers, the total capacity would be 11.1 gigawatts of solar power — roughly equivalent to a dozen large coal-fired power plants. Taking account of the part-time nature of solar power, the study figures that would be enough to permanently shut down four of those power plants.

A study published in Environmental Research Letters estimates on the conservative end that there is enough existing parking to hold solar panels to generate 422 GW of power. This is significant as it’s 450% more than the current U.S. solar capacity. 

Using parking spaces for solar power could also help achieve the government’s 2035 goal of 1,000 GW without taking up land for other purposes such as agriculture and housing.