Green Home Systems builds solar carport atop new parking lot at California school

Green house systems completed construction of a solar power system for Notre Dame High School in Los Angeles, California.

Credit: Green Home Systems

Notre Dame High School had recently built a multi-level parking garage to add extra space for its students to park. The garage was already equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, but the school district wanted to take the garage one step further by adding solar panels to the structure. This would provide the dual purpose of generating electricity and would also provide shade for students whose cars are parked on the roof.

The network will save the school up to $30,000 per year in energy costs and will produce over 200,000 kWh per year.

The school district considered building a solar carport due to a California state mandate that all new construction include a solar power system.

“The Notre Dame project was particularly tricky,” said Barry Durand, commercial director at Green Home Systems. “Their contractor had already built the carport as a flat level structure with no roof. They wanted the solar panels to be angled towards the sun like most solar installations. We designed a custom racking system that allowed us to angle the panels in rows and accomplish what they wanted.

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