• Have you noticed the amount of solar carports that are popping up around the country? We’ve seen solar carports in San Diego to Orlando Florida and we’ve built up a strong track record installing them for an array of organizations of every type. 

    In this article, we’ll talk about how solar carports work, how to select the best one, and determine the best company to install with. Let’s get to it!

    Benefits of Solar Carports

    Solar carports have the dual purpose of generating energy and protecting vehicles from the weather. They’re also highly handy when you don’t have a great deal of roof space available and still want to lower your electricity bill overhead. Many solar carport structures contain electric vehicle (EV) charging stations on top of this. 

    Solar carports work the same as rooftop solar and convert sunlight into energy. How? The solar panels serve as the ‘roof’ via module racking - which means that the solar panels can easily be replaced when necessary. This is fantastic because solar carports require little maintenance and are very easy to service and repair. Modules are connected together via wires. These are attached to a combiner box which routes power through an inverter. 

    And with that - hey presto! You now can generate electricity that can either reduce or eliminate your electricity bill. Plus, your customers or associates will appreciate the shade in warmer climates like southern California or Florida.

    Solar carports are excellent for the types of organizations that don’t have roof space or have steep roofs. Many of our clients are churches or non-profits who are glad to reduce their electrical bill while providing shade for their churchgoers when they return to cars after service. 

    On top of this, solar carports also look great for public relations. Not only is your organization ‘going green’ - customers are getting their cars protected and sometimes are even able to charge their EVs. If you provide people with free ‘gas’, unsurprisingly, they’ll love you! 

    Plus - carports have many uses beyond being used for parked vehicles. Your organization can use them to cover items or even to host events under shade, away from the sun. Regardless, solar carports don’t occupy a large amount of space. They merely fit within a parking lot handily. 

    What’s the Return on Investment?

    Typically, a solar carport will pay for itself between 5-10 years. It’s important to remember that there are strong tax incentives available such as the Federal Tax Credit of 26%. This means that 26% of all solar installation costs can be subtracted from your federal income tax payments!

    This means that a solar installation can provide an excellent return on investment that is surprisingly rapid. Keep in mind that the Federal Tax Credit will be reduced each year until the end of 2024 when it will expire fully. 

    Thus, 2022 is a good time to get solar and take advantage of the tax benefits. Aside from Federal Tax Benefits, solar carports can benefit from other state and local rebates that vary based on your municipality.  

    Solar carports are also huge for increasing the value of your property. It doesn’t matter which type of organization you are, or type of commercial business. It’s irrelevant because a solar carport has value and will automatically provide a reduced or eliminated electricity bill for the buyer. Solar carports will raise the value of your property - plain and simple. 

    If your organization seeks to obtain a more detailed look at the benefits of solar carports (or commercial solar in general) we can help. We provide thorough assistance to those who seek to understand the whole picture about going solar. 

    With the massive ongoing increases in energy prices - there is no better time to go solar. We are solar carport experts who are skilled at designing and constructing world-class commercial solar carport parking structures in California, Florida, and beyond. 

    When you work with us, we design renewable energy solutions that are perfectly tailored to your property needs. This includes any type of commercial (or residential) solar system - from solar rooftops to solar ground mounts. 

    Further, our seasoned project managers and installation teams can guide you through financing options: from capital purchase, to bank loans, to operating leases, to power purchase agreements. There really is an option for every type of organization. 

    Remember - you shouldn’t solely take our word for it. Ask other people also! You can find our reviews on Yelp or Angie’s List. We take referrals and our reputation very seriously - which is why referrals are our number one source of new business!

    We have been in business since 1998, and established ourselves as one of the best solar companies in America. In fact, readers of the San Diego Union Tribune (San Diego’s largest and most historic newspaper), have voted us Best Solar Company for 9 out of the last 11 years. The people have spoken! Since then we've established ourselves as the premiere solar installer in San Diego, having installed on tens of thousands of projects across America.  

    Commercial solar is one of our specialties - and we have completed many landmark jobs for some of the largest brands in the nation, including The Salk Institute, Vandenberg Air Force Base, US Foods, and Cedars-Sinai hospital. In fact, we have a reputation that we can complete our installations faster and without sacrificing on quality.

    Do you want to go solar? Solar carports are a great potential solution for many organizations: from those who have unconventional roofs, to those who merely want to include more panels than their roofs can fit! We’re here to provide the ideal bespoke solution. 

    We serve customers across southern California and the state of Florida. In these sunny states, many organizations are getting solar carports to keep their people cool and also take advantage of the abundant sunshine. 

    It doesn’t matter how detailed we need to go - from identifying tax incentives, to mocking up drafts of how your installation would look. Call us at 866-787-6527 or insert your details on the form to learn more.



  • About the Author

    Michael Powers


    Michael is one of the founding partners of Stellar Solar. In 2001, he helped launch The Home Depot’s national solar energy program which is now offering home solar through hundreds of stores in nearly a dozen states. He is a writer and marketing professional with over 30 years’ experience in the fields of energy, market intelligence and leadership training. He currently serves as treasurer and board member of Global Energy Network Institute (GENI), a San Diego-based non-governmental organization that advocates linking renewable energy resources around the world using electricity transmission.