Solar parking lot canopies have been deployed in the US, at least partly because canopies provides shade to parked cars, which is valued in hotter climates. In Canada they are still rare partly because they may make parking lot snow removal more difficult. Yet there are many reasons for building owners and site developers to examine this option in detail, in particular with respect to net zero energy and net zero carbon buildings: as the number of storey’s of a building increase, it is harder to meet its energy demands with rooftop solar alone. This talk, delivered Joan Haysom, Innovative Energy Market Chief, J.L. Richards & Associates, will examine the design parameters from multiple points of view, including: PV system and performance (orientations, module type, etc.), the net zero energy equation, and from a site planning point of view (architecture, water and snow management).