Mounting a solar panel can be done in many different ways; the mounts come in different shapes and sizes. These panels can be stand alone units, or they can be attached to a pole so that they can track the sun throughout the day. This article will briefly look at the different types of mounts, so that you can pick the best one for your power system and home.
There are three main types of solar panel mounts. They are flush mounts, pole mounts, and roof/ground mounts. Each one of these mounts has its advantages and disadvantages, you will need to consider these before you decide which is best for your home.
The cheapest and easiest way to mount solar panels for your home is a flush mount. To do this type of mount you will use metal brackets to raise the panel off the surface it is setting on. Some of the advantages of these mounts is that they are cheap, easy to install and they are resistant to bad weather. Some of the disadvantages include, not working with all roofing types, not being able to tilt, only working for small panels and the solar panels must be pre wired before installation.
If a flush mount is not for you, then you should look at a pole mount; this type of mount comes in three different types. Top of pole mounts are fixed to the top of the pole and is fastened to a metal sleeve via a rack and rail configuration. Side of pole mounts are essentially the same except it is attached to the side of the pole instead of the top. Solar racking mounts, do just that, they track and move as the sun moves throughout the day.
These panels are easy to mount and wire; and they can be positioned at a level they get the most sunlight. The biggest disadvantage is the construction for installing the pole, a hole must be dug and then the pole must be anchored.
The final type of solar panel we will look at is the roof-ground mount, as the name tells you, this mount can be used on the roof or on the ground. This will use a metal triangle frame that allows you to change the pitch or angle of the solar panel. This lets you adjust the panel to get the most sun exposure.
The advantage of a roof-ground mount is that it is used with a variety of panels and that it can be positioned and moved for the best outcome. Some disadvantages include needing heavy duty materials to stand up to the wind and these mounts might not be visually appealing. Visit this link to read more about solar racking.