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Title:Solar Carports: Assessment of Open Parking Lots to Locate Potential Solar Carport Installations for Power Generation at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Author(s):Badami, Prahallad
Contributor(s):Allred, Dustin
Subject(s):solar energy
Geographic Coverage:University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Abstract:This report documents the requirements, methodologies and results of performing an assessment of the open parking lots at the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign for identifying potential locations for installation of solar carports and the generation of clean energy. The assessment of feasibility for the installation of solar carports in the open parking lots on campus can be regarded as an attempt at evaluating analytically the prospective contribution of such an installation towards the achievement of carbon neutrality on campus. The report also suggests the ways in which the results can be utilized by the campus and enumerates the learnings and limitations from the exercise carried out. The methodology to ascertain the solar power generation potential from solar carports involved identification of open parking lots, delineation of parking spaces for possible solar carport installation and calculation of the energy potential. All open parking lots on campus were assessed and 65.75 acres of parking lot areas were delineated for possible solar carport installation. The potential to harness clean energy from these solar carports ranges from 28.94 GWh to 46.3 GWh.
Issue Date:2020
Series/Report:MUP Capstone
Sponsor:University of Illinois Facilities and Services
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-10-06

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