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Solar Carports Spearhead the Clean Energy Movement November 16, 2023


Solar Carports Spearhead the Clean Energy Movement

Solar Carports Spearhead the Clean Energy Movement

The global solar market is on the verge of exponential growth, with photovoltaic (PV) installations projected to soar from almost 200 GW to approximately 730 GW by 2030. Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), a category encompassing solar carports, is expected to contribute significantly to this surge. The BIPV market is set to reach $13.02 billion by 2028, signifying a remarkable ascent from $4.60 billion in 2021.

This growth is anticipated to sustain at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 16.0% from 2021 to 2028. Market Data Forecast’s 2022 statistics underscore the momentum, revealing that the global solar carport market hit a record high equivalent to approximately 482 million Euros and is poised to surge to about 630 million Euros by 2028. The installation of PV systems in parking lots continues to offer vast creative opportunities, indicating a promising landscape for innovative solar solutions.

Recent market research has unveiled a transformative shift in the energy sector, spotlighting solar carports in shaping the future of clean energy. Solar carports offer a multitude of advantages, including weather protection for vehicles, optimal space utilization, versatile orientation, augmented property value, and environmental conservation through clean energy generation. Beyond mere shelters, solar carports represent an intelligent fusion of technology and practicality, revolutionizing the energy landscape.

European Leadership

Germany and France have emerged as pioneers in solar carport installations, driven by regulations mandating solar panels on larger carports. In Germany, multiple states have enforced obligations requiring new parking lots with more than 35 spaces to incorporate PV installations. Rhineland-Palatinate, Lower Saxony, and Schleswig-Holstein have adopted similar rules for lots with a minimum of 50 to 100 spaces, with Hessen set to implement comparable regulations for spaces exceeding 35 or 50 in November 2023.

In France, legislation approved by the Senate mandates existing and new car parks with space for at least 80 vehicles to be covered by solar panels. Owners of car parks with 80 to 400 spaces have five years to comply, while larger sites must adhere within three years. This initiative is poised to generate up to 11 GW of power, significantly contributing to the nation’s renewable energy goals.

Solar Carports Spearhead the Clean Energy Movement

Setting New Standards in Solar Module Safety

Addressing the vital aspects of safety and durability within solar modules designed specifically for carports, Julius Sakalauskas, the CEO of SoliTek, affirms, "Ensuring safety and durability is absolutely imperative for solar modules incorporated into carports. SoliTek modules have garnered approval for overhead glazing solutions from the Deutsches Institut für Bautechnik (DIBt), underscoring our unwavering dedication to stringent safety standards. This endorsement is pivotal; without it, solar modules cannot be employed for overhead glazing solutions in Germany. Constructed from 2x3mm safety glass, our modules showcase exceptional strength, enabling them to withstand substantial loads. Furthermore, they proudly hold the highest fire classification of A, making them exceptionally well-suited for seamless integration into carports."

As market demands continue to evolve, SoliTek remains dedicated to advancing their commercial carport solutions and nurturing partnerships with carport manufacturers. Their unwavering commitment to innovation and sustainability cements their position as trailblazers in the solar carport revolution.

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