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A new direction for solar? The potential of solar car parking

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A new direction for solar? The potential of solar car parking

Solar car park [Image source: Burbank Water and Power (BWP), Flickr]

According to research by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, most cities in the US consist of 35 to 30 percent tarmac and concrete, 40 percent of which consists of parking space. Given that tarmac and concrete both absorb solar energy, they are both major contributors to the ‘urban heat island effect’ which makes cities hotter than the areas around them.

Solar panels can drastically reduce the urban heat island effect, as well as being a major contributor to tackling climate change. Therefore a really good way of utilizing them in cities is to cover car parking spaces with them.

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