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Mar 31, 2013

They Paved Paradise and Put Up A Parking Lot 

Parking-lot owners are finding a new use for their vast expanses of pavement: solar power.

From Long Island to the Arizona desert, developers are covering their lots with canopies of solar panels. Lot owners get to double up on their use of underutilized land and to offset their utility bills at the same time. And very little stands between most lots and the sun, so they can produce plenty of power. What's more, the canopies provide shade when it's hot and prevent snow from accumulating in the winter. Some have charging stations for electric vehicles.

NRG Energy Inc., NRG +0.95% Princeton, N.J., installed and owns the panels, leasing the site and selling power. The company and the team both declined to disclose financial details about the project.


The solar parking-lot system meets 20% of FedExField's power needs on game days.

One of the country's largest solar carports is now under construction at Rutgers University's Livingston Campus in Piscataway, N.J. The eight-megawatt installation will cover about 32 acres and will cost about $40.8 million before federal and state incentives. The project is being built by a private company, which will lease the panels to the university. Rutgers expects to save $28 million in electricity costs over 20 years.

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Posted: Sunday March 31, 2013, 3:28 am
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