Solar Panel Mounts

Solar Panel Mounts

So now you need to mount your Solar panels. Do you plan to mount the modules on the roof, the ground, or on a pole in the yard? Site analysis is, obviously, a very important aspect of sizing and building a solar power system. An additional consideration is the load the solar panels will be powering. Understanding what the panels will be powering allows you to select the best solar panel mounts for your specific application.

Solar panel mounting needs vary. For example, a typical grid-tied solar powered system on a residential home will have significantly different solar panel mounting needs than panels powering a solar powered water pump in an agricultural setting. Whether you are mounting solar panels on a residential home, tiny house, remote cabin or for agricultural purposes, altE has your solar panel mounting needs covered. Click below to learn more.

Questions? Give an altE solar expert a call today at 877-878-4060. We here to help!

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Solar Panel Mounting

Mounting your solar panel array is a crucial part of your solar system. The racking must meet local building code requirements, and be strong and durable enough to withstand the wind, snow, and whatever else Mother Nature throws at it for decades. Several options for mounting solar panels are available, they don’t always have to go on your roof. Ground mounting and pole mounting are available to move your solar array off the roof and expand your options.

Introduction to Solar Array Racking

Are you new to solar electric racking? Check out our intro video above to learn all about the basics about solar racking. In it we cover the high level types of solar racking and the info you'll need to get started.

Solar Array Racking for Roof

  • Shingle Roof Mount (asphalt or tile with flashing required)
  • Standing Seam Metal Roof (clamps onto seam)
  • Flat Roof (No roof penetrations or ballasted)
  • Ground Mounted Solar Array Racking

  • Pole Mount (top of pole or side of pole)
  • Ground Mount (fixed tilt or seasonably adjustable)
  • Sun Tracker Solar Array Mounts

  • Axis (single and duel axis)
  • Passive (uses the heat of the sun to turn east to west)
  • Active (utilizes an electric motor)
  • In the intro to solar racking video we also cover the optimal angle of the of the array to maximize performance—generally for fixed mount it’s equal to your latitude—and how to compensate for changes in the season. Click to watch and learn more!

    S-5! Metal Roof Solar Mounts Interview at SPI 2017

    Roof mounting for metal roofs is made easy with S-5! clamps that attach to the standing seam of a metal roof without any roof penetrations. Check out our interview with the S-5! team at the 2017 Solar Power International conference to learn about mounting a solar array to a standing seam metal roof. For roof mounts that do screw in through the roof (metal or otherwise), flashing ensures decades of leak free power.

    IronRidge Ground Mount Racking Solutions

    Smaller solar arrays can be mounted on the side of a pole. This can be a great option for one or two solar panels, for example for a small cabin or water pumping system or remote system with unique location challenges. A top of pole mount can hold from 1 to 15 solar panels on a single pole.

    Pole mounting gives you the advantage of being able to change the tilt of the solar array seasonally to maximize the output—and can be a more flexible option than roof mounting depending on the location. The video above is a great intro some options offered by IronRidge, one of the leading producers of solar racking.

    MT Solar pole mount solutions

    When it comes to solar panel mounting options, you really have many from which to choose. If you are evaluating a ground array you should check out the product offerings from MT Solar Mounts. Plenty of people opt for simple solar panel roof mounts, but if you live in a heavily wooded area or different kind of climate, rest assured you have other options. If you are ready to mount your solar panel, make sure you investigate all of the options available. Click to watch our video with Joel from MT Solar Mounts to learn more.

    Set up the appropriate ground mounted solar panel system, roof system or pole mounted system and save money while you generate your own power. Enjoy the freedom of the making your own energy and powering your RV or boat with solar panels rather than expensive fossil fuels.

    IronRidge UFO Clamps - Solar Mounting and Racking

    Learn a little more about some of the specific components that make a solar racking system work. In the video above we look at the UFO Clamps from IronRidge. UFO, you ask? Universal Fastening Objects, of course! This is an extremely versatile product that reduces the amount of componentry needed and is available in multiple sizes. Click now to learn more.

    If you are mounting solar panels on your home, solar tiny house, cabin, or for a solar powered water pump for agricultural use—altE is here to help meet your solar panel mounting needs. Contact us today to get started!

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