Thursday, July 7, 2011



I haven't thought I had time to do anything with pursuing my passion for solar parking lots lately, but you know what? Time takes care of itself.

This is basically an introduction to me. I'm a returning college student, did over ten in the Air Force, then about ten at home while my boys were in middle & high school. I take classes at Durham Tech and at UNC-Greensboro. I'm a Geography major, with a concentration in Physical Geography, though as I was a mainframe computer operator in the Air Force, I am loving the GIS applications and pursue them as much as possible (though time is rather tight right now!).

I had the brilliant idea for solar parking lots about 5 years ago & started researching on the web. I found one company out west that was putting them up! Envision Solar. I did a GIS study on the amount of paved parking in Greensboro (10.27 square miles of it) and then calculated the capacity to generate electricity when covered with pv - it was more than enough to power the 250,000 residents of Greensboro. In fact, one calculation I did showed where we could replace 5 coal plants with just that city's pv parking lots! Envision Solar changed their numbers after a while (in fact didn't even post them on the website) but I didn't recalculate.

I've taken PV Design and Advanced PV Design classes online. I plan on creating my own solar carport for a electric bicycle I will be putting together soon. I'll keep ya'll posted!

I try to keep abreast of the latest in solar energy news (and climate change in general). Please follow me on Twitter: @solarparkinglot

Nice to meet you!