Solar panels installed in Mondavi parking lot

Photo of solar panel installation at Mondavi Center parking lot from UC Davis home page.

The photo above is taken from the UC Davis home page. Click the photo to read the university’s article on the topic. The article below is courtesy of Cliff Contreras, Director of Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) and Leslie Mancebo, Transportation Demand and Marketing Coordinator. TAPS is part of the Campus Planning and Community Resources unit.

The solar installation in Lot 1 is part of a larger project in which the campus is putting up solar panels in seven locations throughout campus to reduce our carbon footprint. The combined first-year output from all seven sites is estimated at 1.1 million kilowatt-hours — enough power to serve two large campus buildings for an entire year.

Photo of the solar panels installed in the Mondavi Center parking lot.

In late December construction crews put the finishing touches on a project to install more than 1,200 solar-energy collector panels in Lot 1, just south of the South Entry Parking Structure. Lot 1’s solar panels, each about 18 square feet and generating up to 235 watts, were installed on two carport-like structures running east-west, with the panels tilted to the south to maximize solar exposure. The structure itself has been equipped with energy efficient lighting and vehicles can park under the solar canopy. Throughout the project Transportation and Parking Services (TAPS) worked closely with contractors from the Boulder Colorado-based company, Main Street Power Co. who largely funded this project.



  1. Solar Panels May 31, 2013 Reply

    It makes sense really doesn’t it to install solar panels in a place where it gets a lot of sun light.

    Brilliant blog guys!

  2. Charles January 20, 2014 Reply

    To be honest, it never crossed my mind that solar panels can be put to a parking lot! Brilliant idea!

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