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  •  it is a wash. (0+ / 0-)

    roof is more secure, but has lots of things sticking up,
    has a hard time getting material up there and requires
    lots of careful engineering.

    down on the parking lot, you need to secure things
    and you need to dig it all in

    •  It also means giving up some parking spaces (1+ / 0-)
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      for the support columns, and having to run a lot more wiring.

      Black roofs in Buffalo in January save a ton of heating expenses.  In Phoenix, they'll kill you on cooling in August.

      Additionally, parking lots can be paved with a wide variety of "cool pavements".

      It's probably a different answer at each site.

      "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Sat Nov 23, 2013 at 04:20:48 AM PST

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      •  to a first order the correct answer is more. (0+ / 0-)

        more solar PV, more passive design, more insulation,

        but, yeah, in extreme climates the details will vary.

        The cool thing is 2014 predicts to install 50 GW of solar.

        50 Freaking GW.

        that's 10X the number of nuclear plants going in

        if we keep up this growth rate in a few years,
        solar will bypass nuclear power production entirely.

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