Solar Panel Mounts

September 5th, 2010

While some people prefer to mount their solar panels directly to their rooftops, there are advantages to using a mounting structure instead. Whether you buy a mounting kit or choose a do-it-yourself method, mounting your solar panels can be the way to go.

There are several advantages to mounting your solar panels. Strong mounts can protect your panels from any possible wind damage by holding them firmly in place. Mounts also allow you to lift your panels higher to change the angle of tilt, and allow cooling air to circulate around them. With mounts you can move your solar panels as you need to much easier to get the most sun no matter the season.

Mounts can be as small as an RV module, or large enough to hold hundreds of panels. No matter how large or small your mounts are, you can easily adjust your panels to follow the sun. You can do this manually or purchase special tracking mounts, these move automatically to follow the sun in order to get the best performance all day long. Tracking mounts can be expensive, but will help you to gain more power.

There are three main types of solar panel mounts. RV mounts, fixed mounts, and pole mounts.

RV mounts are, as you might of quessed, made for RV use. Because of wind resistance while driving and not always being able to align with the sun, many RV users mount their panels flat on the roof. RV mounts raise the panels slightly off the roof to allow cool air to circulate underneath them while still protecting the panels from high winds.

Fixed mounts are used on roofs and the ground. These are the most common solar panels mounts used, because they are simple to install. These mounts hold panels firmly with a series of rails on either a home roof or a concrete pad on the gound. The fixed mounts do not move so you will not be able to track the sun with this style. They can also become buried under snow or tall grasses.

Pole mounts are a popular and cost-effective choice. These mounts are easily moved for tilt and direction, and thereby tracking is a great option. They are sturdy and can withstand winds up to 80 miles per hour, however these can only hold one or two modules. Most often people use pole mounts for single operations, such as water pumps that need to work constantly.

You have many choices in how you want to mount your solar panels. Whether you plan to use solar panels for your home, RV, or farm the right mounting system can make a huge difference.

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