I truly and deeply believe that the most effective ideas we come up with as humans address more than one need. For more than a century, parking lots have been used for one and only one purpose: to park cars. I think you and I can agree on the necessity of having nice, big parking lots (at least until they finally develop teleportation) but let me ask you this: what if we updated our idea of an effective lot and turned it into a positive for the community?
Here’s Why We Should Build These EVERYWHERE:
- We live in the Sunshine State. We’re bombarded with enough solar energy to fry ourselves crispy in just a couple of hours but we completely ignore the death rays in favor of the limited resources of natural gas and coal (which together account for 83% of the total electricity our state generates (http://www.eia.gov/state/?sid=fl). Why not grab some free energy from the sun and use it to power our A/C systems?
- Walking to our cars in the rain would be a breeze. These aren’t just solar panels – they’re convenient awnings to keep us from getting wet even when it ISN’T sunny outside.
- Our cars would last longer. Without the direct glare of the sun our leather interiors wouldn’t crack as easily and the temperature inside the cars would be significantly cooler.
- It would make it harder for the NSA to spy on us. Have you ever done anything illicit in a parking lot? I’m not saying that I have, but maybe I know someone who has – and with giant solar panels overhead it would be easier to get away with it.
- We would look shiny from outer space. Aliens might think twice about landing in Florida if they can’t stare directly at us without seeing sunspots.