Climate Materials

September 25, 2008

City of Phoenix Park-n-Ride Solar Facility

Solar panels were mounted on the top of a shaded parking canopy. These panels generate electricity to power the security guard station as well as provide lighting for the parking lot. The NCE installed temperature sensors to record the temperatures above and below the canopies and at the surface of the exposed and non exposed pavement. This research was completed in the Summer of 2004.

Resulting Publications

Golden, J.S., (2006).  Photovoltaic Canopies:  Thermodynamics to achieve a sustainable systems approach to mitigate the urban heat island hysteresis lag effect.  International Journal of Sustainable Energy.  Vol. 25, March 2006, No. 1, 1-21.

Golden, J.S., Carlson, J., Kaloush, K and P. Phelan (2006).  A Comparative Study of the Thermal and Radiative Impacts of Photovoltaic Canopies on Pavement Surface Temperatures. Solar Energy Volume 81, Issue 7, July 2007, Pages 872-883.