The solar stories keep coming from Massachusetts, helped along by Governor Deval Patrick's aggressive goal of 1600 MW of solar installations by 2020. The Solar Energy Industries Association ranks Massachusetts in 4th place on its list of Top Solar States.
In today’s Massachusetts solar news, Solaire Generation announced that its first Long Span 360 solar carport system was recently commissioned at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, Massachusetts. The installation will bring 253 kW of additional solar energy to the Bay State.
Solar carports are becoming popular because of their practicality: they make great use of space that can’t be used for much else, they provide a place to install solar when other locations aren’t available or ideal, and they afford shade and rain protection in the parking area. The Long Span 360, Solaire's latest patent pending solar carport design, goes even farther. It’s a unique architectural solar structure that optimizes a parking lot's generating capacity by spanning two parallel parking rows as well as the internal drive aisle. The Long Span's customizable design increases a parking lot's solar capacity by 25% over a traditional solar parking canopy, and it can be built up to 110 feet wide with up to 70 feet of column spacing.
Industrial Roofing Companies (IRC) of Lewiston, Maine, who served as EPC and project developer, sought out Solaire, headquartered in New York City, because of Solaire's proven track record and unique design expertise. Solaire and IRC worked closely to offer the Danversport Yacht Club a custom solution that fit its goals. Solaire designed, fabricated, and installed the canopies.
The two carports are expected to generate over 275,000 kWh of clean electricity annually and have been equipped with electric vehicle charging stations and LED lights. And of course, club members and visitors will have covered parking for protection from inclement weather.