Solar technology is all the rage across the more developed parts of the world right now. Even though it can take some serious time and money to set up, once installed, solar technology pays for itself within just a few years with the amount of energy that it can generate for homes and entire communities. Now, in this blog we have discussed green building structures at length, with spray technologies and the massive push in educational institutions to augment their energy usage, but a new story has come up that makes these other solar installations look tame.
According to GetSolar.com, a recent contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has given California based REC Solar the money to begin designing and installing the world’s largest solar carport. This project will take place at a Veterans Health Care center in Tucson, Arizona, and will span over 7 different carport areas. Photovoltaic panels will be installed on top of each carport and the energy amassed will be stored and used throughout the center.
The amount of energy generated by this carport would be huge:
“This newest installation that REC will soon begin working on will be added to the nearly completed PV array, and together they are expected to pump out 5.2 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) annually. That is enough solar-generated electricity to power over 500 average homes in the United States for a full calendar year.”
Over time, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to complete solar carports at various other facilities across the country, including Texas, California, Nevada and Arizona. If these projects are completed successfully, solar carports in 5 states would be able to power 2000 average homes annually, which would save some communities a lot of money in the long run.