May 27, 2011 weblog
Plainville, Conn. gets a solar carport
The panels are expected to produce enough power to run roughly 20 homes each year it is in operation. The carport is able to sustain six Level 2 GE Charging Stations, which can charge up to 13 electric cars each day. Not every space in the carport will be used for charging. The solar panels will also be able to power overhead lighting, which allows for charging at night or in dim lighting conditions.
The carport is currently connected to the city power grid, which means that it can give back excess power that the station when it is not charging vehicles at the moment. The carport can also take power from the grid if it needs excess power.
As you may be aware, Connecticut is not the first state to create a solar carport. In February of this year the state of NJ added a solar carport to the William G. Mennen Sports Arena. The carport is capable of generating 1.6 megawatts' worth of power, as a part of the 500-space parking lot.
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