Shade from Solar Car Parks to Power a City

Parking spaces in at least one California city will do more than just take cars off the road; they will also generate electricity for the city of Riverside from renewable energy.

RIVERSIDE, California, US, 2001-08-17 [SolarAccess.com] Parking spaces in at least one California city will do more than just take cars off the road; they will also generate electricity for the city of Riverside from renewable energy. Schott Applied Power Corporation has signed a contract to build a 113 kilowatt solar photovoltaic carport system in Riverside. The solar system will be connected to the city’s utility grid and will generate renewable energy to offset summer electricity demand during peak hours. When completed by November, the solar car parks will shade 152 parking spaces at the Operation Center of the Public Utilities. The solar array will be mounted in two rows of an elevated carport shade structure, and will be supported on curved steel vertical columns for an aesthetic and functional structural support. The structure cantilevers the solar array to provide shade and cooling for parked cars, while leaving the sides of the spaces free from obstruction. The PV array will consist of 2,016 75-watt modules, and the output is sufficient to power 57 homes. The utility says it selected Schott, a PV distributor and system integrator, on the basis of the unique structural design and approach.
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