Hendersonville plaza to add solar parking canopies
City Square Shopping Center already has 118 kilowatts (kW) of rooftop solar installed. The canopies will add 50 kW.
Smith became one of the earliest adopters of solar PV technology. Nashville-based LightWave Solar installed three solar PV systems on the roof of the West Main Street shopping center in 2010. At the time, the combined solar capacity of 88 kilowatts (kW) made City Square the largest privately owned site of solar PV in the state of Tennessee and one of the largest in the eastern United States. Last year LightWave Solar installed a fourth rooftop solar system at City Square for a total of 118 kW (387 solar panels).
Over the last 12 months, the four systems generated about 165,000 kilowatt-hours, equivalent to about $37,000, which offset approximately 50 percent of the common area electric costs.
The parking canopies will feature about 200 solar panels and generate approximately 57,000 kilowatt-hours per year. Once the solar canopies are installed, solar energy will offset nearly 70 percent of the electric costs at City Square, which has nearly 40 tenants.
The systems at City Square are part of the TVA’s Green Power Providers program, which means TVA will buy 100 percent of the solar electricity generated for 20 years and pay a premium for the first 10 years.
Smith hopes the prominent solar canopies at City Square will spur more solar installations in the community.
“Over the warrantied 25-year life of the panels, the solar will offset carbon emissions equivalent to planting 3,250 acres of trees,” says Smith. That is significant in terms of offsetting climate change and improving air quality.”