There’s another environment full of asphalt and steel where solar panels can make a huge impact today: solar freakin’ carports.
Consistent market growth
While the U.S. non-residential market stagnated in 2014 after having grown only 4 percent over 2013, the solar carport market grew more consistently, and GTM Research forecasts that the market will continue to grow year-over-year until the drop-off in the federal ITC, peaking at 318 megawatts in 2016. Though the solar carport market will remain at a 10 percent to 15 percent share of the non-residential market, we expect that decreasing system prices and developers’ growing familiarity with carport projects will keep the market significant on the national stage.
FIGURE: U.S. Solar Carport Market, 2010-2018E
Source: GTM Research report U.S. Solar Carport Market, 2010-2018