The Ultimate Guide to Solar Carports

Discover the benefits of solar carports: protect your vehicle, generate clean energy, and extend your usable space. The ultimate green solution for your home and EV.
Solar carport

A solar carport is a structure that transforms your parking space into a dual-threat superhero. It shields your vehicle from the sun while generating clean, renewable energy to power your home. If you’re thinking about making the switch to an Electric Vehicle (EV), a solar carport can be your own green fueling station. 

Why a solar carport?

There are many benefits to having a solar carport. One, you can reduce your energy bills as you will be able to generate clean energy. The solar panels installed on the roof of the carport convert sunlight into electricity, reducing grid dependence. When you become less reliant on traditional energy sources, you’ll also contribute to a cleaner environment and lower your overall energy costs. 

Another reason a solar carport is worth considering is that it can protect your car from the harmful rays of the sun. It provides a much-needed shade that will keep your steering wheel cool, your seats from fading, and your paint job protected. A solar carport can also protect it from elements, such as rain and hail. 

Aside from the protection that a solar carport provides, it also extends your usable space. The shade provided by the carport creates a comfortable space for entertaining, relaxing, or even creating a dedicated car washing zone.

Solar car park vs. solar carport

Many get confused between a solar car park and a solar carport. Theoretically, these two are similar with only a minor difference—a solar car park is a commercial structure, while a solar carport is a domestic structure attached to a residential dwelling. 

When it comes to energy consumption, solar car parks use a lot of electricity; hence, most of the solar energy produced by solar car parks is often used to offset the electricity costs of the building as a whole. 

Solar car parks are available for medium and high-density residential developments. They are most common in townhouse complexes, unit complexes, and any residential development with a shared or common parking space. 

Which panels to use?

GoodWe Solar Polaris
Photo by: GoodWe

There are several solar panel brands you can use for a solar carport, but we recommend the GoodWe Polaris Series. The panels were introduced last year as part of a broader push into the nation’s Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) market. 

The Polaris solar panels are designed for carports and shade rooftops. They can adapt to diverse application scenarios, with a power output of 550W and an efficiency of 20.4%. Germany’s TÜV certified the panels, and they are included in the Clean Energy Council’s (CEC) approved product list.

Things to consider

Before getting a solar carport, there are some factors to consider: 


  • Size and design: Depending on your parking needs, you can choose between a single or double carport. Also, consider that not all roofs are created equal when it comes to solar power generation. Flat roofs offer optimal sun exposure, while gable roofs can be adjusted for better sun capture depending on location. Also, a solar carport should become an extension of your living space, so it’s also necessary to consider its aesthetic impact. Choose styles that complement your home’s architecture for a cohesive and visually appealing addition to your property. 
  • Costs and benefits: Solar carports have an initial cost that includes the carport structure and solar panel system. The good news is that many states offer rebates and incentives to encourage the adoption of solar power. 
  • Permits and regulations: Before installing solar carports, check with your local council and get the necessary permits for constructing one on your property. Make sure your chosen solar carport installer adheres to all relevant building codes and safety regulations in your area. This will guarantee a structurally sound and legally compliant addition to your home. 


A solar carport isn’t just a parking spot; it’s a multi-tasking superhero for your Australian home. It shields your car, generates clean energy, and even expands your usable space. By harnessing the sun’s power, you’ll reduce your reliance on the grid, contribute to a cleaner environment, and potentially see significant savings on your electricity bills.

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