By Tim Henderson
Sandbar Solar installed solar panels on the carport rooftop of the corporate headquarters of Plantronics, an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of headsets and personal speakerphones. Installed at 345 Encinal Street in Santa Cruz, California, the 608 kW of power helps Plantronics run their business and keep things cool.
According to research conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 35 to 50 percent of most city surfaces are composed of pavement, and 40 percent of that pavement is parking lots. That has a large effect: Asphalt and concrete absorb the sun’s energy, retaining heat and contributing to the “urban heat island effect,” in which cities are hotter than the surrounding areas.
According to a new study published in the journal, Nature Climate Change, California could possibly get all of the electricity that it currently uses from nothing other than rooftop solar plus parking lot solar installations. Imagine the clean, renewable energy that could be produced if more businesses or shopping centers went solar on roofs and parking lots. This could make a huge difference cutting down on that heat, cooling down the cars that park in these lots, powering up electric vehicles, and generating a lot of energy to boot.
Sandbar Solar has vast experience in installing solar projects on roofs and parking lot installations. Contact us to learn more.
Tim has worked in the solar industry since 2008. He has a Master's Degree in Energy Resources Engineering from Stanford University. His years of experience include working on solar energy projects for both homes and commercial properties. Tim enjoys sharing his knowledge of this evolving industry and making a difference in his community.