Information on Three Solar Panel Mounting Solutions

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As more and more commercial businesses are looking into alternative energy sources such as solar power systems, companies have developed several ways to mount solar panels to make them even more cost effective and durable. The mounting system of a solar panel not only holds the solar panels in place, but also protects them from high winds and heavy precipitation. The mounting system is also responsible for regulating the heat underneath the solar panels — keeping them cool enough to ensure adequate air circulation. While solar panels are installed depending on geographic location, check out these options for custom solar panel mounting systems that could suit the needs of your business.

1. Solar Trackers

Solar tracking systems incorporate technology that senses the location of the sun and tilt the solar panel modules accordingly to maximize the sunlight received as the sun moves throughout the day. This technology increases the amount of energy produced from solar power systems. However, the mechanical complexity of solar tracking systems render them more expensive to install and maintain. The ability of solar panels to track the sun’s light overcomes one of the largest cited downfalls of solar panel systems — that there are times when the panels are producing no energy even if there is sunlight, because of the fixed angle. Thus the solar tracking system taps into the sun power that is given off in early mornings and late afternoons as well as when the sun is high in the sky.

2. Ground Mounting Systems

Ground mounted solar power systems hold the solar modules in place by racks or frames that are attached to the ground, usually by poles. The fixed racks in ground mounted solar panels hold the panels at a specific angle permanently. The right angle to maximize the capture of sun energy for your location can be determined by solar panel mounting experts. Often, the ideal tilt angle is the same as the latitude of the installation site. Systems that offer floating ground mounts are available for mounting solar panels to non-permanent locations. Using a pan filled with removable materials to weigh the mount down, these ground mounts can often be installed to withstand as much wind as the fixed mounts.

3. Roof-mounted Systems

Roof mounted solar power systems hold the solar modules in place by racks or frames that are attached to mounting supports on the building’s roof. For composition or asphalt roofs, the solar panel mount which offers the most universal code-compliance is the Classic Composition Mount. Although the high-tech aspects of the tracking systems may be appealing, the mechanical simplicity of fixed mounts offers the advantage of lower installation and maintenance costs.

Because of the high degree of consultation and customization options available, solar panel mounting systems are able to adapt to virtually any solar panel and any project location. This versatility make it easier to reap the benefits of using this amazing renewable energy source. Federal and state incentives are available to help promote businesses who are seeking to initiate solar energy projects. If you have questions or comments on the alternative ways to mount solar panels, please share your thoughts!

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