Solar Carport, Solar Canopy, Solar Parking Lot, Solar Garage, Solar Panels, YSG Solar
October 16, 2020

With solar costs dropping lower than ever before, and renewable energy generation in high demand, a solar carport is a clever alternative to rooftop or ground-mounted solar panel installations. In fact, according to PV Magazine USA, 2020 solar module pricing is now below $0.25/watt. When you factor in the efficient generation of solar carports alongside this low solar pricing, you can understand why innovative approaches like solar carports have become even more economically viable.

Solar Panels, Solar Power, YSG Solar

What is the minimum solar system size for a carport?

YSG installs a minimum of 1 MW for carport structures.

What solar carport services does YSG offer?

YSG Solar operates extensively in the solar carport, canopy, and parking lot sector of the solar market.

  • YSG can lease parking lots to install solar canopies and pay you for rent.

  • YSG can install solar carports and provide you with clean renewable energy under a power purchase agreement.

  • YSG offers a unique solar carport host license agreement, solar carport lease agreement, and handles all geotechnical and foundation designs required to properly engineer a solar carport system.

What are the benefits of solar carports and solar canopies?

There are multiple advantages, financially, environmentally, and aesthetically, to installing solar panels on a carport or canopy.

  • Reduction, or even elimination, of utility bills and electricity costs

  • Lower operation costs for property owners

  • Increased cash flow for the host site

  • Improved aesthetics and extra shading

  • Reduced carbon footprint and positive environmental contribution

  • Improved brand image through support of renewable energy

  • On-site electricity generation could safeguard from power outages

  • Potential to add electric vehicle (EV) charging stations

Solar Canopies + Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations

With the rise of companies like Tesla, electric vehicles are becoming a major presence on our roads, and in the auto market. Solar carports and canopies can include EV charging stations, providing additional benefits for the host site and the local community. For a business, the presence of EV charging stations is a way of future-proofing the property and drawing in additional customers as EVs become more and more commonplace. A forward-thinking initiative like the inclusion of EV charging stations alongside overhead solar panels is a way of setting your property apart from competitors, and getting ahead of the curve when it comes to EV uptake.

The benefits of solar canopies & carports are far-reaching and applicable across an incredibly wide-range of buildings, locations, and areas, including the following:

  • Municipalities

  • Commercial Parking Lots

  • School Districts

  • Colleges & Universities

  • Multifamily & Affordable Housing

  • Non-Profits

  • Distribution Facilities

  • Transportation Terminals

  • Convention Centers

  • Parking Garages

  • Stadiums

  • Churches

If you are the owner of, or responsible for, any of the sites listed above, then you could stand to see huge benefits from the installation of a solar carport or canopy on the property. Just get in touch with YSG Solar today to learn more.

Solar Carport Types

Solar carports and canopies come in a wide array of designs and can be constructed to suit any property.

  • Braced Single Post: This single-row covering is ideal for pathways, narrow parking lots, and fenced areas. It could work for offices, multi-family properties, and affordable housing. It may be flat, upslope, or downslope.

  • Full Cantilever: This single-row covering slopes along the mainframe’s eves, making it suitable for narrow rows in places like offices, retail outlets, parking garages, and schools. It may be flat, upslope, or downslope.

  • Single Post Back-to-Back: With posts installed adjacent to one another, this design covers two single rows, making it a good option for large parking areas. Suitable locations include corporate offices, government campuses, university campuses, hospitals, and stadiums. It may be flat or sloped.

  • Parking Garage Solar Rooftop: Panels are installed on the top level of a parking garage, and designs are variable based on the requirements of the parking garage in question.

Are you interested in a solar project? YSG has been operating in the solar industry for over a decade and will guide you through the entire project to ensure maximum returns on your investment, and the best savings on your utility bill. Send us an email or call at 212.389.9215 to learn more.

YSG Solar is a project development vehicle responsible for commoditizing energy infrastructure projects. We work with long-term owners and operators to provide clean energy assets with stable, predictable cash flows. YSG's market focus is distributed generation and utility-scale projects located within North America.