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Posted by Mr Solar on October 30, 2014
Solar carports are a growing player in the U.S. solar photovoltaic (PV) industry. In fact, according to GTM Research, U.S. solar contractors are projected to install a whopping 180 MW of generating capacity from solar carports in 2014, which will represent the fourth year in a row that carports have added at least 100 MW of capacity to the grid.*
Solar carports are essentially free standing solar PV arrays that are set up in central locations, often parking areas. Most solar carports are equipped to move with the sun in a manner that enables them to optimize their sunlight capture throughout the day. The main advantage of solar carports is that companies can generate free, green electricity in a practical area and without having to waste space. There are other advantages too:
Solar carports under construction at DeAnza College in Cupertino, California. (2011) Source: Darin Dingle/Flickr
In the past, the solar carport market has been driven by government and utility subsidies that have driven the costs for investment down considerably. While these subsidies still certainly sweeten the deal, the reality is that the solar market is taking off and costs are coming down on their own rather quickly. Together with available local and state tax incentives and a 30% federal tax credit, installing solar panels on new and existing carports make more sense than ever before.
This is evidenced by growth of the market outside of California. California has traditionally been the biggest player in the solar carport market, but in recent years, other states have started to penetrate the market. Specifically, many east coast players, like New York, Massachusetts and New Jersey are getting into the solar carport game, as well as sunny states like Arizona.
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