Beyond the Panel The Necessities of Solar Electricity
October 28, 2014
So your business has decided to invest in solar panels! Congratulations! While solar electricity is gaining in popularity, not many people understand the elements needed to make a quality solar panel system useable. Since you’ve already made the decision to utilize solar electricity for your business, your next step is to determine what type of solar mounting systems work best for the environment you will be using them in.
When installing solar panels, mounting systems are an integral part of the process. Mounting systems serve the purpose of holding the solar panels in place, and protecting them from disorientation due to winds, weather, etc. They also help to regulate heat beneath the solar panels to keep them cool, and ensure that proper air circulation continues .
Solar panels are installed differently based on their geographic locations throughout the world, and that’s where understanding the different installation locations will help you to ensure the best results for solar electricity. Typically, there are three types of common mounts – the roof mount, the ground mount, and fixed racks.
Roof-mounted solar power systems consist of solar modules held in place by racks or frames attached to roof-based mounting supports, while ground mounted solar power systems consist of solar modules held in place by racks or frames that are attached to ground based mounting supports.
Fixed racks are unique as they hold modules stationary as the sun moves across the sky. The fixed rack sets the angle at which the module is held. Most of these fixed racks are set on poles above ground.
The good news is, solar panels are most often installed by companies who have been trained in installing solar panels, so knowing the specific ins and outs of the process is not a necessity, however, there are a few things that your installers will need to know in advance.
Typically, they will need to know the type of system you are requesting (ground-mount, roof-mount, etc.) the PV module that will be used the project location, the tilt angle requested for a ground-mount system, and the type of foundation being used for a roof-mount system. If you are unsure how to answer these questions, call for a consultation.
Whether you are considering roof, ground, or fixed mounts for your solar electricity panels, consider calling your installers sooner than later, as turn around time can be anywhere from 6-10 weeks.