Mesa, Arizona Bringing Solar to Parking Lots

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Mesa, Arizona, activates two solar PV systems on canopy parking structures. The systems, at a fire and police station and at a multigenerational center in the city, are expected to save Mesa about $660,000 over 20 years, 

 

As cities find that they can save money with solar, we’re seeing more of them getting in on the action. And it’s happening all over the country.

Today, the Associated Press reported that two solar PV systems have been activated in Mesa, Arizona. Solar panels were installed on new canopy parking structures at a fire and police station and at a multigenerational center in the city. Parking lots are ideal for solar installations, which provide shade for the parked cars while generating solar over areas that are otherwise underutilized.

SolarCity installed the systems in Mesa under a 20-year agreement with the city. The solar installer will own and maintain the systems for the duration of the agreement. The systems are expected to generate over 795,000 kilowatt-hours per year, equivalent to the power needed for 77 homes. They should save Mesa about $660,000 over the 20 years of the agreement.