The Renewable Energy Company
SOLAR CARPORTS & CANOPIES
Carports and canopies are dual-purpose structures that provide shade and generate green electricity. Typically, solar carports/canopy structures pay for themselves in 10-20 years, depending on location and orientation. Depending on your specifications, solar carports and canopies can include internal rain water drainage, lighting, and vandal-resistant electrics.
TYPES OF CAR PORTS
For a private car or two, we recommend a four-legged wood frame carport with our solar roof. These are inexpensive and easy to install. The only downside to this four-leg design is manoeuvring between the legs, as you have to ride between the two legs, which are usually 8 feet (2.4 meters) apart. In a domestic setting, this is fine, similar to driving into a garage, anyone can do it, but with caution.
In more public settings, the problem of damaging the car, occupants or carport structure is compounded, so in these cases a cantilevered design is recommended, with the entire canopy suspended from stronger legs attached only to the front. Cantilevered structures require more earthworks and civil engineering and are often several meters deep. Therefore, it is mainly used in larger parking lots and is usually only suitable for a few parking spaces.
Wooden framed carports and canopies are available in a variety of sizes. Finishes can be in either high quality pressure treated softwood or solid oak.