November 8, 2015 marks the 3 year operational anniversary of Royal Solar’s “Smart Carport” installation for Aero-Zone Inc. in Chandler, AZ.
Now that the solar carport system has been running for 3 years, let’s take a look at the solar system’s production.
The Aero-Zone Inc. Smart Carport consists of (120) LG 260 watt solar panels and (120) Enphase Energy M215 micro inverters. The resulting system is a 31.20 kWp-DC solar system installed on top of a custom steel carport structure in Mesa, Arizona.
The solar system was originally projected to produce 52,800 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.
As we approach the solar system’s 3 year anniversary, lifetime production is reported as 159 MWh compared to the expected 153 MWh (1 MWh = 1,000 kWh). This translates to 104% actual kWh production vs. expected over the first 3 years of system operation.
Below are a couple pictures of the solar installation to help visualize the project.
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.