By Nina Wu
There's a cool new trend in Honolulu's parking structures.
RevoluSun just installed a 155-kilowatt solar PV system atop a carport at Liliha Square Shopping Center. While it's not the first carport solar array for Oahu, it's a growing trend among Honolulu commercial property owners, according to the solar company.
It makes sense.
After all, why not use the top space of a parking structure as a way to lower your utility costs while providing shade?
RevoluSun can also create a custom-designed cover for an open parking structure.
Last year, the company created a shaded, waterproof roof for the top level of the uncovered parking structure at AIPA (Airport Industrial Park Associates). The 280-kilowatt system helps AIPA save money on its overall electricity costs.
"Essentially, business owners are killing three birds with one stone," said RevoluSun principal Eric Carlson. "by creating shade from the hot Hawaiian sun and in some cases, a waterproof roof from our frequent Hawaiian drizzles; the solar panels generate clean, renewable electricity; and saves the owner money on their electric bills."
Other parking structure solar systems by RevoluSun:
>> Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, 280-kilowatt system.
>> HECO Ward Avenue Charging Station, nine-panels, with a battery storage system.