If you have ever been to Arizona, you may have experienced so much heat that your shoes melted to the asphalt. In the Arizona heat you can literally cook dinner on your dashboard! Don’t believe me? Here is some proof:
Imagine what could happen if you harnessed all of that energy into solar paneling? The benefits of a carport are numerous and when it comes to heat, solar carports are the way to go. “”Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.””(National Geographic)
That is a lot of energy. That means one 4 car carport could make a HUGE difference in your electric bill. Take a look at this Energy Bible to learn more about the math for one household. Not only are you investing in electric savings, but your carbon footprint is significantly smaller. Let’s face it, there are only so many resources Earth has before it is all gone.
Another bonus is government incentives and state rebates for solar installations. For example, In Texas retail providers for electric allow for payback on solar power. This means, if you generate more power than you use, the electric company pays you! Check with your electric company and for state incentives to find out more about flat rate vs time of use payback. For Texas, Check out this page from Oncor on Net Metering.
But Solar Carports aside, just think of what is happening to your car in the sun all day. The wear and tear of sun bleached spots on your dash and upholstery, along with the damage heat does to your tires and belts. It makes sense to want to protect your vehicle from these harsh conditions.
Call us to learn more about how we can help you build Solar Carports or Carports in general!