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What are the Benefits of Solar Carports?

  • January 12th, 2016
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One of the fastest growing trends in the photovoltaic market, solar carports are taking the solar industry by storm. Across the US, companies are choosing to tap into power typically lost to blacktop. Here at RBI Solar, we’ve helped big brands, schools, and communities reap the benefits of solar canopies.

So what’s all the fuss about? Here are just a few of the ways a solar PV carport can positively impact your business, organization, or town.

Keep Vehicles Cooler

No one enjoys ending the workday by hopping into a car that’s been baking in the sun all afternoon. For employees, a solar carport can mean greater job satisfaction when their company makes an effort to take care of them—and their vehicles. For customers, walking back to a cool vehicle can leave a lasting impression on a positive shopping experience.

Not only can solar carports keep your employees happy or your customers coming back for more, but they also have greater implications. A cool vehicle does not have to work as hard when the A/C is not on at full blast. In turn, the vehicle uses less energy and puts less harmful emissions into the atmosphere. Ultimately, the fuel efficiency of your vehicle increases when it’s not using as much energy. And that means fewer trips to the pump.

Minimize Your Energy Expenses and Enjoy the Savings

Your energy bill probably takes up a large portion of your expenses. Electricity rates are known to be unpredictable and have only been on the rise in recent years. Investing in a solar PV carport system can take you out of this volatile cycle by significantly reducing—or even eliminating—your electric payments. In having a lower, more predictable energy bill, solar PV systems can stabilize your cash flows and even give you the freedom to invest your savings into other areas of your company or organization.

Reduce Maintenance Cost to the Parking Spot

In addition to reducing your energy bills, a solar carport can also reduce the cost of maintaining a parking lot. Depending on the design of the modules, solar canopies can channel rain and snow to certain areas, thus reducing the cost of removal and maintenance. Especially if your area receives a lot

of snow, the design of your solar carport can even make parking safer for your customers and employees by minimizing the amount of ice in the parking area.

Preserve the Usefulness of the Ground

Solar canopies can truly maximize the available space. These structures take advantage of a large expanse of land without compromising the functionality. If you’re a business, you likely need a sizeable area for your employees and customers to park. This space can pull double-duty by generating energy to run your operations. At RBI Solar, we understand that every parking situation is unique. That’s why we take a site-specific design approach to each project and several varieties of carport structure types.

Show Your Commitment to Sustainability

It’s no mystery that consumers are rewarding brands that show a commitment to sustainability. One study by the Nielsen Company confirmed this last year: 66 percent of global consumers said they were willing to pay more for sustainable brands. Showing a visible commitment to sustainability is a powerful motivator of consumer purchasing decisions. But the effects impact more than just customers. Employees show appreciation when their company operates a responsible, environmentally ethical business. A sustainable business can foster an environment of high engagement and morale in its employees.

RBI Solar Carport Solutions

RBI Solar understands that these projects can stretch out over a number of years, which is why we’re committed to our customers from project conception to completion. Our in-house project management and installation crews focus on delivering your carport project on time and within budget. When you work with us, you can rest assured knowing we are determined to create the most functional and cost-effective solar carport solution to fit your needs and budget. Contact us today for an estimate.

3 responses on “What are the Benefits of Solar Carports?”
  1. It’s interesting that people can utilize solar technology on carports to help reduce the home’s energy usage. I think that having solar panels on the carport could be great, as it provides more area to have them. It’s something to remember when having a carport built. Thanks for the post!

  2. I think it is really nice that a carport can help you reduce maintenance costs of the area below it. That can help you save a ton, especially in the winter seasons, like you said. Where I live, we have a lot of snow, so I can definitely see how a carport would benefit my property. In fact, I think I’ll look into getting one before it gets too cold and snowy!

  3. Thank you so much for mentioning that building a solar carport can not only help you save money but that it can also help people feel safer since there would be less ice in the parking area. My husband’s office is considering putting a carport up since it snows a lot in Idaho. I’ll have to tell them that they should maybe try going solar so that they can save energy and money, as well as be protected from ice.