What is a Solar Canopy?

Key Takeaways

  • Solar canopies are roof-like structures covered with solar panels that generate renewable solar energy, reduce carbon footprints, protect vehicles or outdoor spaces from sun and weather, and are an alternative solar racking option all while increasing your property’s value.
  • There are two main types: parking lots and residential canopies; Each type’s cost varies depending on size and location.
  • Installation should be done by your qualified professional team of solar installers. Once constructed there is minimal maintenance.
  • Solar canopies are a great way to generate renewable solar energy, save money on energy bills, protect your property, or create a new outdoor space for family gatherings.

Benefits of your solar canopy

There are many benefits to installing solar canopies. Some of the most important benefits you will see include:

  • Generates renewable solar energy: Solar canopies are a great way for you and your family to generate renewable energy and reduce your carbon footprint. Solar panels do not produce any emissions, so they are a clean and sustainable way to generate electricity.

  • Reduces your energy costs: Solar canopies can help you to save money on your energy bills. The electricity that you generate from your solar panels can be used to offset the electricity that you purchase from your utility company.

  • Protects: Solar canopies can help to protect your vehicles or outdoor spaces from the sun and bad weather. The shade from your canopy can help to keep your car or outdoor spaces cooler in the summer and protect it from hail and snow in the winter.

  • Provide Solar Options: Solar canopies are a great alternative option if you do not want to or cannot install solar panels on your rooftop. Moreover, your roof may be maxed out with solar panels and you need more panels to meet your electric needs.
  • Increases the value of your property: Solar canopies can increase the value of your property. Buyers are willing to pay more for homes that have solar panels, as they know that they will save money on their energy bills.

Types of solar canopies + Cost 

Types of solar canopies

  • Parking lot canopies: These canopies are typically large or small commercial solar carport installations over parking lots or parking garages. They can be used to provide shade for cars and generate electricity for your business.
  • Residential canopies: These canopies are typically installed over driveways as solar carports or backyards and rooftops as solar pergolas. The canopies can be used to provide shade, generate electricity for your home, and create a new space for you and your family to gather.

Cost of Solar Canopies

Due to the size, type, and installation location (wind and snow loads differ regionally), the cost can vary.  Though the average cost of a solar canopy ranges between $1.25 Р$1.50 per watt. This makes solar canopies a relatively cost-effective option for generating renewable energy and providing shade for vehicles and outdoor spaces. Furthermore, working with a solar professional who knows the federal and local tax credits will ensure you save the most money.

Install a solar canopy and maintenance

How to install a solar canopy

Given the complexity of installing a solar canopy, it is recommended to seek assistance from qualified professionals. Several companies specialize in the installation of solar canopies, ensuring a smooth and efficient installation process.

Maintenance of solar canopies

Solar canopies require very little maintenance. The solar panels should be cleaned every few years to remove dirt and debris. The structure of the canopy should also be inspected regularly to ensure that it is in good condition.


Solar canopies are a great way to stylishly generate renewable energy, save money on your energy bills, and protect your property. If you are considering installing a solar canopy, we encourage you to contact a qualified professional to get an estimate. Learn more here.