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

Green Home Systems completed the construction of a solar energy 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 room for its students to park. The garage was already equipped with electric vehicle charging stations, but the school district wanted to take the garage a step further by adding solar panels to the structure. This would offer the dual purpose of producing electricity and also offer shade for students whose cars are parked on the roof.

The array will save the high school up to $30,000 a year on energy costs and will produce over 200,000 kWh a year.

The school district considered building a solar carport because of a mandate from the state of California for all new construction to include a solar energy 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 without a roof. They wanted the solar panels to be tilted toward the sun like most solar installations. We designed a custom racking system that allowed us to tilt the panels in rows and accomplish what they desired.”

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