Quest Renewables said it successfully installed a commercial-scale solar canopy system atop a parking deck rooftop for a commercial real estate developer in Montgomery County, Maryland. The 304 kilowatt solar system features ten of Quest Renewables’ QuadPod™ Solar Canopies. Standard Solar completed the installation of the system in late 2016.
Quest Renewables is a startup in the Advanced Technology Development Center’s ATDC Signature portfolio of companies. “Solar canopies on parking garages are an ideal solution for energy savings, especially in urban areas,” said Scott Wiater, Standard Solar’s president and CEO. “By functioning as a power source and shade for parked vehicles, they provide added value for the building owner as well as its occupants and visitors.”
During QuadPod™ installation, 95 percent of the construction activity takes place on the ground, including assembly and wiring. After assembly and wiring, the QuadPod™ Solar Canopies are lifted by crane for final installation. Worksites are safer and more efficient with construction crews working on the ground and not at height.
The QuadPod™ Solar Canopy allows site-owners and financiers to achieve the highest returns on their investments because of its ability to sustain the greatest power density as compared to any other carport system on the market. This is attainable because of the QuadPod’s ability to span drive aisles as opposed to just the parking spaces themselves.