Cool Pergolas Capture Solar Energy

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Did you know that outdoor structures such as pergolas, awnings and even carports can do double duty?  Not only do they protect you, or your car, from the hot sun or drenching rain, but these structures can be topped with solar panels to generate clean electricity for your home, business or electric car.

Whether you purchase a pre-assembled unit, like the one pictured here, or build one yourself, you’ll enjoy a shady spot for family gatherings or to park your car under.  I love the idea of parking lots sporting solar carports to generate electricity for nearby businesses, while keeping the parked cars nice and cool.

There are numerous companies that offer pre-assembled structures that support solar panels for both residential and commercial applications.  You may even qualify for state or federal tax incentives or grants to help offset the cost!

photo courtesy of the American Solar Energy Society

Tag(s): Energy, Greening the Home, Greening the Office, The Great Green Outdoors

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  2. Carports on January 21st, 2012 10:23 am

    Carports indeed have many uses. I like the way it blends in the garden. Nice post!

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