Public Transit Solar Carpark Facility Sprouts Up In California

First, we covered a solar RV parking garage. Now, it’s a solar carpark, for the Antelope Valley Transit Authority (AVTA) in Lancaster, California. All over, (or at least all over California), folks seem to have the same idea: keep vehicles cool and shaded with a giant parking structure, and cover the thing with solar panels.

The contractor for this 35,000-square-foot solar electricity system was Martifer Solar, a multinational firm that specializes in commercial and residential solar. According to a release, this “green carport” structure includes over 300 kilowatts of SmartPark-mounted modules, as well as a smaller roof-mounted system, designed to accommodate 110 Antelope Valley public transportation vehicles while generating clean “green” electric energy, presumably for a neighboring building.

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image via Martifer Solar

The solar carport project–expected to prevent the emission of more than 397 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere over its lifetime–is the first of its kind for Martifer Solar in the US, and was funded by the Transit Investments for Greenhouse Gas and Energy Reduction (TIGGER) grant program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.