Solar panel mounts can come in different shapes and sizes, it all depends on its purpose. Some solar panels are meant to be stand alone units, others are intended to be mounted to a pole or other object so they can track the sun as it moves throughout the day. This article will look at the different types of mounts and what is best for your power system.
There are three main types of solar panel mounts that we will be looking at. These main types are flush mounts, pole mounts, and roof-ground mounts. Each mount will have advantages and disadvantages that you will need to consider when deciding what is best for your home.
Flush mounts are the easiest and cheapest way to mount a domestic solar panel. You will mount your panel a couple inches above any surface by using a couple metal brackets. The advantages of these types of mounts is that they are easy to install, cheap, and they are resistant to harsh 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 use a rack and rail configuration to fasten the panel to a metal sleeve that is then fixed to the top of any pole. Side of the pole mounts are very similar to the other but is attached to the side instead of the top. Tracking 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 disadvantage is that the pole must be placed in the ground and it must be anchored.
The last type of mount is the roof-ground mount, as you can probably tell, this mount can work on the roof or the ground. These use a metal triangle frame that enables you to change the panels angle or pitch. This allows you to adjust your panels so they get the most solar exposure.
The advantages of roof-ground mounts is they work with a lot of different solar panels and they can be adjusted for the best results. Some disadvantages include needing heavy duty materials to stand up to the wind and these mounts might not be visually appealing.
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