Photovoltaic Array Influences the Growth of Green Roof Plants

A multi-faceted research project was conducted on a modular green roof in semi-arid, high elevation Denver, Colorado U.S.A. A photovoltaic (PV) array ran along the southeastern edge of the research area and visibly influenced the plant growth, cover and biomass. Plants grown near the PV prospered compared to plants in the exposed area. Average summer temperatures in the modules under the PV array were cooler with less temperature variation compared to the modules located in the exposed areas of the green roof. Shading structures integrated on green roofs may produce effects that resemble natural ecotones tending towards greater plant coverage and biomass, and therefore greater green roof resilience.