If you are an automobile owner or some who is an all-time PV fanatic and keen on following the latest technological trends, you must have come across the latest addition under the solar panel category – a solar carport. A more advanced version of the traditional carports and ground-mounted solar arrays.
What is a cost to have solar power generating carport?
It is designed with the technology of capturing photons( light particles) and covers a car parking area.
The trend of using a solar power generating carport and charging vehicles with solar energy is at a boom these days. Either you look at a private car porch or a public parking area in big malls or city centers, you can see it.
Of course, a solar carport is especially meant for charging electric vehicles, but its function is not confined. Besides, it protects from UV rays and precipitation. Moreover, a solar power generating port also gives energy to nearby businesses, homes, or the local utility grid.
How does it work?
The functioning of a solar carport is no more different than the typical ground-mounted or roof-top solar panels. It works on the same technology. It transforms the energy of photons into electricity, through the process of photovoltaic effect.
When a solar panel is hit with a photon, its energy generates electrons to flow throughout the solar panels and generates an electric current.
Cost of carport with solar panels
Its cost with solar panels depends on the type and size of the solar panel you choose.
Total cost depends on these questions:
1. How much power do you want to produce?
2. What is total area you want to cover?
3. Type/model of inverter used
Typical car port can hold 4 to 10kW solar panels. It can generate 5000 to 20000 kWh during a year (depends on number of sunny days during a year)