Carport brackets

What is a solar carport?

A solar carport is a form of BIPV, and it falls under the category of ground-mounted solar panel installations.

A traditional carport provides shelter for vehicles from wind and rain, while a solar carport has a similar structure but uses solar panels on the roof to harness solar energy.

Resembling a typical carport, a solar carport efficiently absorbs solar energy.

In regions with abundant sunlight, solar carports can effectively block and collect harmful ultraviolet rays, providing protection for vehicles. They serve as a versatile solar solution.

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The benefits of solar carports

Maximizing Space Utilization

Solar carports effectively utilize space by providing shade for parking areas while generating solar energy. 

They offer practical solutions for parking lots, residential driveways, commercial properties, and other locations that require shaded parking spaces.

Environmentally Friendly

By harnessing solar energy, solar carports help reduce reliance on traditional fossil fuels, lower carbon emissions, and promote the sustainable development of future energy sources.

Reduced Heat Accumulation

Solar carports’ shading effect helps reduce heat buildup inside parked vehicles. 

During hot summers, solar carports can alleviate the heat inside the cars, reducing the need for air conditioning and providing a more comfortable experience for drivers and passengers.

Electric Vehicle Charging Potential

With the increasing popularity of electric vehicles (EVs) in the automotive market, the demand for EV charging stations is on the rise. 

Many solar carports are equipped with EV charging stations, providing convenient and eco-friendly charging options for electric vehicle owners.

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The types of solar carports

Since the 1950s, many countries have seen the migration of industrial areas out of city centers, leaving behind a considerable amount of brownfields.

Broadly speaking, brownfields refer to abandoned and undeveloped land that was previously used for construction or industrial purposes, regardless of whether it is contaminated or not.

These lands have been left idle and neglected, lacking proper management, which has adverse impacts on the city’s economy, society, and environment. 

Therefore, the redevelopment and utilization of brownfields have become crucial tasks for sustainable urban development.

As solar energy emerges as a new force in green energy, there has been a significant focus on constructing large-scale solar farms in undeveloped areas.

However, the potential of solar photovoltaic carports on brownfields has often been overlooked. 

Compared to building large-scale solar power plants, solar carports on brownfields offer a win-win solution that is more beneficial for biodiversity.

single row solar carport

single row solar carport


Single row & single pole


Flat, slope upwards or downwards

Installation site

Narrow lots, offices, affordable housing, etc.


Can be available with charging posts

Y-shaped solar carport

Y-shaped solar carport


Double rows & single pole


Y-shape slope

Installation site

Large dwelling units, large business structures


Can be available with charging posts

double rows solar carport

Long span solar carport


Double rows & two pole & long span


Flat, slope upwards or downwards

Installation site

Large lots, commercial buildings, extensible


Can be available with charging posts

Long span solar carport

T-shaped solar carport


Double rows& single pole



Slope, T-shaped

Installation site

Large lots, commercial buildings, large dwell units


Can be available with charging posts

N shaped solar carports

N-shaped solar carport


single row & double poles & ballasted foundation


Slope,  enhanced N-shaped support

Installation site

Large lots, commercial buildings, large dwell units


Can be available with charging posts

W-shaped solar carport

W-shaped solar carport


single row& double poles & ballasted foundation


Slope,  enhanced W-shaped support

Installation site

Large lots, commercial buildings, large dwell units, extreme weather condition


Can be available with charging posts

What projects may PV carports be used for?

Residential Solar Carports

Solar carports offer a great alternative for homeowners facing issues with old or poorly oriented roofs, or those concerned about the aesthetics of rooftop solar installations.

In regions with ample sunlight, homeowners can benefit from cooler cars during hot seasons, reducing their electricity bills and providing power during power outages.

Commercial Solar Carports

Solar carports can be installed in shopping centers, office buildings, and industrial facilities, providing shaded parking for employees, customers, and visitors.

Commercial solar carports can also offer economic returns, as surplus electricity generated can be sold back to the grid, offsetting electricity costs and insulating businesses from fluctuations in electricity prices.

For instance, supermarkets with solar carports in their parking lots might attract consumers who prefer to charge their cars while shopping, inadvertently boosting the retail business.

Educational Institutions

Schools and universities can install solar carports in their parking lots, contributing to sustainable development and raising environmental awareness.

Public Parking Lots

Municipal authorities and cities can utilize solar carports in public parking lots to provide shade for parking areas while also generating renewable energy for the community.

Installing solar carports in public parking lots is a great display of a commitment to green urban development.

Are solar carports waterproof?

Yes, ALV provides waterproof solar carport structures that can withstand the impact of harsh weather conditions.

The water-guiding beams and waterproof sealing strips ensure excellent waterproof performance and efficient drainage.

The strong stability and high structural design strength of the carport can meet the requirements of high wind and snow loads.

The carbon steel material used in the structure undergoes a hot-dip galvanizing process, while the aluminum alloy structures and stainless steel fittings have good corrosion resistance, ensuring that the carport remains rust-free even in adverse weather conditions.

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How much does it cost to install a solar carport?

The cost of installing a solar carport is generally higher compared to rooftop solar systems.

According to data from EnergySage, the average cost of a solar carport is $3.31 per watt, while rooftop solar systems average $2.81 per watt, and ground-mounted solar systems average $3.11 per watt.

Among the three installation methods, solar carports are the most expensive. This is mainly because solar carports require additional metal structures for support.

However, compared to rooftop solar installations and traditional ground-mounted systems, solar carports offer scalability and versatility, making them a valuable and worthwhile choice.

The additional cost of a solar carport is justified by its added benefits and functionalities.

How to install carport solar panels?

Although many homeowners may consider installing solar panels on their carports themselves to save on costs, we do not recommend doing so.

Hiring professional installers for solar carports is crucial to ensure safety, structural integrity, compliance with regulations, and optimal energy performance.

Investing in professional installation not only ensures the longevity and efficiency of the solar carport but also provides peace of mind for homeowners.

Therefore, we highly recommend seeking experienced solar carport installation companies familiar with local conditions for the following reasons:

Permits and regulations

Solar carport installation requirements and regulations can vary significantly by location. Professionals are familiar with these regulations and can efficiently handle the permit process, ensuring that all necessary approvals are obtained before starting the installation.

Some places may not allow homeowners to self-install solar panels.

Electrical expertise

Properly connecting solar panels to the electrical system is crucial for the carport’s electricity generation.

Professionals possess the necessary electrical knowledge to safely and effectively wire solar panels, inverters, and electrical components.

Grid connection

If the solar carport is intended to be grid-connected, professionals can handle the interconnection process with the local utility company.

This includes ensuring compliance with safety standards and regulations for feeding excess electricity back into the grid.

Future maintenance

After installation, solar carports require regular maintenance to ensure optimal performance.

Professionals can provide ongoing maintenance services and promptly address any potential issues that may arise.

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Solar carports, the latest cutting-edge solutions for sustainable energy usage, not only provide shade but also generate solar energy, offering a dual advantage. 

With their advanced technology, they elevate the driving experience for vehicle owners, creating a comfortable and eco-friendly environment. 

By harnessing the power of the sun, these structures significantly contribute to reducing carbon footprints and lowering energy expenses, making them an essential part of the green energy movement. Moreover, solar carports optimize parking efficiency, ensuring more efficient space utilization.

Contact Us Today to Explore the Best Solar Solution for Your Needs!

Whether you need a ground-mounted system, rooftop installation, or a tracking system, ALV has the expertise to guide you through the process. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to harness the power of solar energy for your home or business. Contact us today for a consultation and take the first step towards a sustainable future.

If you have any inquiries or would like to discuss your solar project with us, please visit our website to explore further details:

Our team will be happy to assist you. We look forward to hearing from you and being a part of your solar journey!

Maximize Your Space and Empower Your Car with Carport Brackets: The Ultimate Solution for Efficiency and Coolness!
Are you tired of wasting valuable space on your property? 

Imagine a carport that not only provides shelter for your vehicles but also harnesses the power of the sun to generate energy.

Transforms Your Parking Area Into A Multifunctional Oasis!

With carport brackets, you can efficiently utilize every inch of your space. 

No longer will your parking area be limited to just housing your vehicles. 

Our innovative design allows for the integration of solar panels, enabling you to generate clean and renewable energy right from your carport. It’s a win-win situation for both you and the environment!

ALV’s Bungalow Carport System Bungalow Bracket, Beat The Heat

Say goodbye to scorching car interiors! Our carport brackets come equipped with superior heat insulation properties, keeping your vehicles cool even on the hottest of days. 

Experience the joy of stepping into a pleasantly chilled car, no matter how intense the summer sun may be. Your comfort is our priority!

Waterproof and weather-resistant solar carport mounting system

Rest easy knowing that your vehicles are shielded from the elements. 

Our carport brackets are designed with impeccable waterproofing features, ensuring that rain or shine, your cars remain protected. 

No more worrying about rainwater seeping through and damaging your precious vehicles. Trust in our weather-resistant design to keep them safe and dry.

ALV's Carport System Brackets, Versatile for every need

Whether you have a single-car or double-car parking space, our carport brackets are adaptable to meet your requirements. Suitable for both commercial and residential settings, they offer a versatile solution for any scenario. 

Enhance your property’s value and functionality with our cutting-edge brackets.

Experience the coolness

Imagine stepping out of your home on a scorching summer day, greeted by the refreshing shade and cooling breeze provided by your carport brackets. Not only do they protect your vehicles, but they also act as a source of relief from the blistering heat. 

Embrace the serenity of cooler outdoor space and create a haven for relaxation and comfort.

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