Do Solar-Powered Street Lamps Emit Less Waste? A Quick Answer

Although you will only find a concentration of them in California, there is an emerging market for solar carports or solar-powered parking lots. But since there is controversy in the way photovoltaic cells are made, there are questions on whether or not a solar-powered parking lot is truly as green as people think.

Solar powered street lamps require less infastructure in wiring run and emissions produced by electric facilities. And, since the panels can easily last 10 to 15 years, street lights made by can run for years on nothing but the sun’s power.

Just because a parking lot is powered entirely by photovoltaic cells, it does not mean that all the cars parked there are electric like Teslas.

One of the most well-known solar carports is the FedEx Field of the Washington Red Skins. There you will find a gigantic array of solar cells that covers 841 parking spaces. While we are sure that the parking lot can generate enough power to supply 20 percent of the stadium’s energy demands no matter if it is a game day or a no-game day, we are not so sure if all the cars parked there at any given time are solar cars. Do you see what we mean?

On their own, though, the solar-powered cells generate green energy. What generates controversy on its greenness is the way the solar panels are made. Most of today’s production come from China. And you know what that means. The country has been known to not care about the environment for the sake of manufacturing different things here and there.

Anyway, if you are like most people, you might probably wondering why there are not that many solar car ports yet in the country. It is only because of the cost. The price for building a canopy of solar panels is prohibitively expensive and unless there is a financial incentive to do so, establishments will always hesitate to make the move towards green energy.

As it is right now, the state that is giving such an incentive is California. We can only hope, though, that things will change in the near future. Although the 45th president of the United States does not believe it, the effects of global warming can be felt by everyone in the form of colder winters and harsher summers.

But aside from making a dent in the overall state of the global environment, green car ports also have a local impact. Did you know that around 30 to 40 percent of the land in any city is pavement?

We really do not need to tell you, but pavement traps heat and because of this, cities are hotter than the area surrounding area. So it really isn%u2019t surprising to find your scaldingly hot after being parked for three hours while you were at the mall.

Car park solar canopies can provide shade just as if they were trees. For now, though, we can only hope that more states will follow California in offering incentives for installing solar panels. As we said earlier, without any incentive, building a solar carpet is very, very expensive.

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