Technology has allowed the reinvention of carports. What was once considered solely a shade structure now holds a multipurpose usage in terms of renewable energy. These structures turn sunlight into electricity with the use of solar PV (photovoltaic) panels. A solar carport charges an electric car, but it can also power residential and or commercial property.
Given that electric vehicles in the United States are projected to hit 18.3 million by 2030, the popularity of residential solar carports is rising. With California leading the nation in the adoption of electric vehicles, it also holds the most EV charging stations at 22,620. Statistical evidence gives reason to believe California will see a rise in solar carports within the next few years.
Depending on the amount and power and panels installed, the carport can potentially power up the property. It can even be used in conjunction with the grid if the residential carport is a smaller version. Solar Carports offer a way to maximize energy-savings potential without relying on existing structures. With the addition of a battery storage system, you create a reserve that can be used through a power outage and save money with energy storage net metering.
Residential VS. Commercial
For commercial properties with limited room or ground space, solar carports offer a way to maximize energy-generating potential. Many organizations choose to add integrated lighting for security reasons and electric vehicle charging stations. Another reason why organizations select solar carports is that it illustrates their commitment to renewable energy efforts. All these factors go well beyond energy savings alone.
What was once only seen in commercial properties is now available for residential homes. Depending on the size of the lot, these residential ports can accommodate 1-2 cars. This solar investment would also add significant home value to your home.
Option for Customers Facing Solar Dilemmas
Adding a solar carport is a good option if the home’s sun direction is not in the ideal placement.
Another solar dilemma is roofing structure— particularly in commercial, some rooftops can’t support an industrial size solar system. Solar Carports in large scale amounts have the potential to power up an entire commercial building.
In contrast to commercial units, residential car solar efforts qualify for the 26% federal tax credits as of 2021.
· Manufacturer rebates
· State tax credits
· Battery storage net metering, maximizing your solar energy savings
· Utility company solar rebates
This multipurpose structure is expected to have a rise in sales particularly in residential homes. Not only do they provide shade and shelter from weather conditions such as snow and frost, but they bear a sleek modern look and design while doing so. It's no wonder why homeowners are seeking solar carports for the solar system needs.