Work is well underway on a 50,000-square-foot solar carport at Mohawk College.
The carport, the largest of its kind in Ontario, will cover 125 parking spots and is being built next to the Braley athletic centre at the Fennell campus.
Six large solar tables at the carport will power a new electric vehicle charger station that can accommodate two vehicles at once.
They will also provide electricity to the other charger stations on campus along with the carport’s electric lights, and will help keep the lights on at the nearby Joyce Centre for Partnership and Innovation.
The tables will shelter vehicles from rain, snow and ultraviolet rays.
It’s expected the carport will reduce carbon emissions by an amount equal to what can be absorbed by a four-hectare (10-acre) forest.
The solar tables will be supported by steel columns that will rise three metres (10 feet) above the ground.
Mohawk is working with QPA Solar, a Dundas-based solar energy engineering firm, on the project. It is expected to be completed by early January.