Solar Electric Carport 5 Year Performance Review: Aero-Zone Mesa

June 9, 2010 marked the commissioning of Royal Solar’s second solar covered parking structure – the Aero-Zone Inc. “Smart Carport” installation in Mesa, AZ.

Now that the solar carport system has been running for 5 years, let’s take a look at the solar system’s production.

The Aero-Zone Inc. Smart Carport consists of (94) Sharp 235 watt solar panels and (94) Enphase Energy M190 micro inverters.  The resulting system is a 22.09 kWp-DC solar system installed on top of (2) custom steel carport structures in Mesa, Arizona.

The solar system was originally projected to produce 38,878 kWh in Year 1, with 0.5% degradation per year in expected kWh production.

Per the Enphase Energy monitoring system Enlighten, Royal Solar is able to remotely monitor and verify the solar system’s daily, weekly, monthly , and annual production on a per-panel basis.

However, this solar carport system is located on property that was sold in 2013 – for several months there was no internet access so production was not reported.  Thus we can only analyze production before and after this internet access moratorium.

Let’s look at the last 2 years of the solar system’s operation (July 2013 through June 2015).  Solar electric production during this time is reported as 73.7 MWh compared to the expected 73.3 MWh (1 MWh = 1,000 kWh).  This translates to 100.5% actual kWh production vs. expected over the last 2 years of system operation.  This is great news and demonstrates the continued reliability of the solar electric production.

Below are a couple pictures of the solar installation to help visualize the project.

Solar Carport in Mesa, AZ by Royal Solar

Solar Carport in Mesa, AZ by Royal Solar of Arizona.

Solar electric covered parking structures installed by Royal Solar of Arizona in Mesa, AZ.

Solar electric covered parking structures installed by Royal Solar of Arizona in Mesa, AZ.

 

Royal Solar of Arizona is a solar covered parking design and install company headquartered in Mesa, Arizona.  Royal Solar’s product The Smart Carport is a turnkey solar product designed to provide covered parking while paying for itself with the resulting solar electric incentives and savings.

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