ASU solar parking structure makes shade, energy

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By Marceline Mcmacken By Marceline Mcmacken
By Marceline Mcmacken By Marceline Mcmacken
TEMPE, Ariz. -- New technology  was unveiled Wednesday at an Arizona State University parking lot. It’s called PowerParasol and it combines shade and renewable energy.
The PowerParasol is a covered parking structure that spans more than five and a half acres and is about 24 feet high. It not only provides shade for about 800 vehicles, but also produces approximately 2.1 megawatts of energy at one time.
Bob Boscamp, president of Strategic Solar Energy, said they worked with ASU to find new ways to make renewable energy. After running out of rooftop options for solar panels on ASU's buildings, Boscamp presented the parking cover with solar panels idea. ASU loved it and built this PowerParasol.
There are about 7,600 solar panels on top of the parking cover. Over the course of a year, the panels produce about 3.5 million kilowatts of energy.
The PowerParasal is located at Lot 59, which is north of Rio Salado Parkway, between Sun Devil Stadium and Packard Stadium.
Boscamp said the lot can also be used by tailgating football fans starting this fall.