A Quality Carport made from Local Materials
The Vermont Solar Carport is a handsome timber frame structure made from pine and white oak from Northern New England forests and built right here in the Green Mountains. Our unique design puts all braces and cables 6’8″ above the ground, so you can drive or walk into the carport from all sides. We currently offer three design variations:
- Our original “open” version allows you to drive in on any side of the structure, giving you maximum siting flexibility to optimize your solar exposure. It includes a durable metal roof over a solid pine roof deck, meaning it can also serve a dry storage area for firewood, bikes, or other outdoor gear.
- The “semi-enclosed’ style has pre-built wall sections securely bolted to the posts, giving more protection from the elements, and more storage potential.
- The Roofless Carport, pictured above, uses solar panels as the roof. This option saves the cost of the pine deck and metal roof, and has a lighter feel. It creates a shade structure, but provides no moisture protection.
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Design Details: Our carports are modular and can easily accommodate more bays to allow a wide variety of parking, storage, and rooftop solar configurations. These designs are engineer-stamped for New England. We have a variety of installation methods from pre-cast concrete piers to helical piles to allow for virtually all site conditions.
Solar Installation: Except in the case of the Roofless Carport, the solar panel racks are fastened right to the metal roof, making a rugged, leak-proof roof that is easily able to accommodate future technologies. In the Roofless Carport design, the solar panel racks are fastened directly to the frame.
We do not install Solar Panels. We will work with your solar contractor to be certain our structures will provide what they need as a mounting surface. If you don’t already have a solar provider, we are happy to make recommendations to the best of our ability, depending on where you’re located.
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If you need financing, our experience is that it is easiest to start a conversation with your local lender about a Home Equity Loan. If you’re looking for another option, we have had a lot of success with VSECU.
VSECU is a credit union based in Vermont that is committed to helping members make smart investments in their homes and communities. Most of their solar business is based here in Vermont, but they have the ability to lend to other New England states plus New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Delaware through a partnership with the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA).
VSECU will work with you to help make your financing a smooth and worry-free experience. Check out their line of VGreen Loans here. Whether it’s an Investment Tax Credit loan, Energy Improvement loan, Commercial loan, or Home Equity loan, VSECU can help you get your solar project up and running.
With an increasing number of electric vehicles on the road each week, hosting a charging station for your customer’s vehicles is good for business. When offered the opportunity to charge their vehicle in a beautiful covered space, they choose you over your competitors. While waiting for their car to charge, your customers will linger while they shop, and they tend to order a second course at dinner while waiting for their car to charge.
Installing a solar array is also good for your bottom line. From lowering your energy costs to taking a stand toward energy independence, choosing solar gives you an edge. Additionally, with one glance, your customers will see you in a whole new light as an environmentally-conscious company.
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