Solar Carports: A New Source of Growth for Rooftop Solar?

Solar Carports: A New Source of Growth for Rooftop Solar?

India crossed the milestone of 25 GW of installed solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, as of August 2018. Out of the installed capacity, rooftop solar PV accounts for over 2.5 GW. Compared to large-scale solar, rooftop installations are well behind. But of late solar carports are demonstrating the potential to be a source of growth for the rooftop sector.

Carports are already there and do not need any additional land and can be an efficient use of space for solar installations. India’s largest rooftop solar carport has been developed at Cochin International Airport by Tata Power Solar.

Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) also has a multi-level rooftop solar carport set up at Unity One Mall in Rohini, Delhi. The carport was commissioned in November 27, 2017 and is expected to offset 438 tons of carbon emissions annually. The project falls under net‑metering program.

Carports are increasingly becoming one of the most popular rooftop solar PV installations. A source of Mercom working in the rooftop solar segment said, “We have already closed a dozen rooftop solar carport deals this year. Read More

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