Here’s a brief rundown on a couple of university and college basedsolar carports that have gone online recently or whose futureconstruction has been recently confirmed.
Long Beach City College. Construction was recentlycompleted on a 900-plus space parking structure, which spans five levels and more than 295,000 square feet just off the southwest corner ofCarson Street and Clark Avenue. A large solar carport with 2,100 solarpanels sits atop the garage’s fifth level. The solar installation isthe second largest in Long Beach, trailing only the Long BeachConvention Center. The solar PV system can generate 406.585 kilowatts,or about 700,000 kWh annually, roughly enough to power 100 Americanhomes for a year.
Rutgers University. Approximately 40,000 solarpanels will be installed on canopies over two parking lots on theRutgers University Livingston Campus. The solar canopies will be builtover 32 acres of pavement. A smaller 7-acre solar canopy systeminstalled on the campus in 2009 generates 1.4 megawatts — about 11percent of the campus’s electrical demand. Once the new 8-megawattsystem is in place, the two installations will be able to produce morethan 60 percent of the campus’s power. Additionally, according toMyCentralNewJersey.Com, the Sierra Club is working toward theinstallation of EV charging stations to complement the solar canopiesand provide on-campus generated sun-electricity for electric cars.