Solar parking lots are a win-win renewable energy solution. Why aren’t they everywhere?

Solar panels and parking lots can be a good combination as it provides cheaper, cleaner solar energy, and a more pleasant parking experience.

If you park in one of several commuter lots on Michigan State University’s campus, you’ll likely score a premium parking spot. That’s because each parking lot is sheltered from the sun, snow and rain by solar panels. They’re mounted above the lot on steel structures tall enough for tailgaters in RVs to park beneath. Besides providing a more pleasant parking experience, the university gets cheaper, cleaner solar energy from the solar panels.

It’s a great thing to not have to scrape your car free of snow in 20-degree weather. I know, because I was a commuting student at Michigan State for two years and gladly took advantage of the covered parking.

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Source: CNET

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