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Benefits of Solar Carports: Green Living in the 21st Century

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Imagine having an EV and charging its battery at a solar carport rather than from an electric outlet. While it may sound like a far-fetched fantasy, the reality is its already happening. Solar carports have been growing in popularity as more business large and small have started to realize the benefits and financial savings that can be gained from them. A solar carport is an ideal solution for facilities and commercial spaces looking to save on electricity costs by utilizing clean, cost effective solar power, and to provide a convenient covered parking space for employees and customers. Solar carports are specifically designed to ensure proper coverage and alignment of solar panels without sacrificing valuable parking, drive and walkway spaces.

Another significant benefit that can be derived from a solar carport, which many businesses and research institutions are actively investing in, is using solar power that it generates generated to charge electric vehicles, so that they run on solar energy instead of grid electricity. This is a truly innovative way to further reduce CO2 emmisions, and lower our dependence on fossil fuels. What can be better for our earth than combining the benefits of such green technologies as solar power and electric vehicles to jump start a totally new, eco-friendly way of living in the 21st century.

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Levchik (Leo) is a renewable energy activist from Boston, MA, and has been involved with alternative energy and green construction since 2004.

In 2009, Leo and his green roofing company (CoolFlatRoof.com) sponsored Boston’s Solar Decathlon Team, providing materials and installation labor to install a cool white roof on the top of Curio home (Joint effort by Tufts University and Boston Architecture College) – more info about the project here.

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June 12th, 2012 at 1:28 am