Solar Carports vs. Non-Solar Carports

Building a garage can be a costly venture. If you’re just looking for a way to keep your car cool and protected from the elements, a carport can be an affordable yet effective option. They don’t provide as much security as a garage, but if security isn’t a concern, a carport may be the perfect choice for you.

A non-solar carport will provide shelter for your car and is built out of typical building materials such as concrete, bricks or wood. A solar carport, however, is built out of solar panels and can provide energy to your home in addition to providing shelter for your car.

Pros of a Solar Carport

There are a number of benefits to building a solar carport. Some of them are obvious, but there are a few you may not have considered.

Reduced Energy Bills

Solar carports are a great option for reducing or even eliminating your energy bill. Carports can provide enough square footage in solar paneling to create a substantial amount of energy for your home.

Protects Your Car from the Elements

Aside from the financial and environmental benefits, there’s one very simple reason you should install a solar carport: it will protect your car from weather damage. If you live in snowy or rainy areas, a carport can be particularly useful against inclement weather.

Easy Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging

If you have an electric vehicle, you can make it even greener by using solar panels to charge it. You’ll be using no fossil fuels to run your vehicle, which is excellent for the environment. It’s easy to hook up an EV charger to the panels, as your source of electricity is mere feet above your car.