Friday, 15 Jan, 2010 Technology

The Biggest Solar Carport in the United States


Recently the American energy company Alpha Energy opened a huge 1 megavolt grid-connected power system in Bordentown, NJ. It is said that the system is the largest solar powered carport construction in the United States and its goal is to provide electricity to the auction facility in Bordentown.

The structure occupies an area of 13,000 square meters, featuring 5,880 solar panels of 170 watt capacity. The panels in the grid are linked through 11 separate inverters. Thus if one panel is removed, the others continue functioning properly, without disturbing power supply, informs Electric.

Each year the system will produce about 1,056,000 kilowatt hours. Such amount of energy could be used to power 114 US homes. The yearly reduction of carbon emissions will reach 862 tons, which is the average amount of CO2 emitted by 158 cars.

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