Florida Utility and University Announce Solar Partnership

Florida Power & Light Co. plans to build 23 canopy-like structures with solar panels over about 600 parking spaces at Florida International University’s Engineering Center. The company plans to use the canopies to study the distribution of solar energy from commercial-scale arrays to the grid. The project will cost $7 million and will include over […]

RBI Solar Receives Approval for Solar Canopy

RBI Solar, Inc. has received approval from the California Division of State Architect on a Pre-Check solar carport structure design. The approval includes several canopy configurations to provide its clients with design flexibility. RBI made the move to create a more cost-effective solar racking structure. The structural plan review process is typically lengthy, which can […]

Google Unveils Plans for Movable Buildings and Glass Canopies

Google announced plans to radically redesign its main campus in Mountain View, California with movable buildings and translucent solar canopies. The project was designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels of BIG and Thomas Heatherwick of Heatherwick Studio in London. Google wants to use lightweight block structures in place of traditional buildings. Large translucent glass canopies […]

Restored Canopy Nominated for Prestigious Award

A historic canopy in Manchester, England was in a state of disrepair and close to collapse, but it has been restored and is now in the running for a prestigious award. The Edwardian canopy of the Lapwing Lane Arcade in West Didsbury was built in 1913 above a series of shops and cafes. It was […]

Artist Creates Glittering Canopy for New York Park

Fata Morgana, a major public art installation created by renowned artist Teresita Fernandez, will be on display in New York’s Madison Square Park from April 30, 2015 to January 10, 2016. The installation is a 500-foot long sculpture in six pieces made from gold, mirror-polished discs that are installed horizontally above the heads of park […]

Solar Array Installed on Garage Canopy

Norwalk, Connecticut officials recently announced that a solar array has been installed on a canopy on the top deck of a parking garage in the city to generate electricity. The 100-kilowatt system will generate enough electricity to power 13 homes per year. That is equivalent to offsetting 77.01 tons of carbon dioxide emissions or taking […]

A Canopy Can Provide Protection from the Sun and Rain This Spring

Although it is cold outside right now, spring will be here before you know it, which means outdoor picnics and trips to the beach. A canopy can protect you and your friends and family from the sun’s rays and spring and summer rain storms, which will allow you to enjoy the warmer weather that will […]

Tension Fabric Buildings Offer a Multitude of Uses

Tension fabric buildings consist of a rigid frame, which may be made of timber, steel, rigid plastic, or aluminum, and a sturdy fabric outer membrane. The fabric cover is stretched over the frame and tensioned to provide a tight cover that serves as the structural support for the building. Tension fabric buildings offer several benefits […]