A home solar installation is a great way to reduce your power bill and is also one of the most environmentally friendly sources of power. In most cases a solar system is installed on the roof of a house, but solar carport or garage installs are also very popular. These installs can require a little more planning and procedure than a standard install, but the potential advantages outweigh the drawbacks. As with any type of solar install it is important to consult a professional before conducting any install.
|Additional space for solar panels||A carport or garage roof is a great place for a full solar install or to add to your existing solar system.|
|An alternative to difficult house install||There are some cases where a house is not suitable for a traditional solar install. For example, a double story house can cause headaches for a solar install and add to the budget, but a garage or carport install is much more manageable.|
|A specially designed space||If you do not currently have a carport/garage you can actually have it designed and built with a specific thought to your solar panel install. This means you can create the best roof pitch and direction for your solar panels. There is also the option of using solar panels in on a specially designed lattice system as a complete replacement for a standard roof!|
|Electric vehicle charging||This is a niche area, but some electric vehicles can be charged by solar panels and what better place to place these panels than on the carport or garage roof!|
A new carport
Incorporating the use of solar panels in a new carport design is one of the best ways to create an alternative household solar install. This type of carport is constructed in a similar way to a traditional carport, but instead of a standard roof being added to the design a series of solar panels is attached to the frame to act like a roof of the structure. This not only provides power from the sun, but it also protects your vehicle from the elements. The main downside of this type of carport is that it requires a special design and cannot be built from an “off-the-shelf” design. Another potential concern is the cost of this type of carport, which is considerably higher than a traditional carport. However, a traditional carport does not create power from the sun! As with any new building project you need to make sure it meets all building codes and ensure you have local government approval.
Installing Solar Panels on an existing Carport or Garage
It is certainly possible to install solar panels on a carport or garage, but whether this is a viable option does depend on a number of factors. It is a good idea to have a qualified solar installer inspect your property and give you a professional opinion/report regarding the viability of this option. The first thing you need to consider is the direction that the carport faces and whether it receives full or partial sun. You also need to know whether any trees, buildings or other structures throw shadows onto the roof of your carport/garage. In addition to this the pitch of the roof is also an important factor. The roof area of most carports is built flat or with only a slight incline. If this is the case then a greater pitch may be required by using a specially built frame to install the solar panels. Lastly, and most importantly, you must ensure that your carport is built to accept the weight of the solar panels and that you receive proper local government approval for the install. Many people plan on having solar panels installed on their carport/garage, but end up discovering that it is not a viable option.