An Introduction to Solar Panel Mounting Systems


Solar panels are devices used to administer electricity to both equipment and buildings. These panels use sunlight to provide energy to the device or building they are connected to. There are different ways to mount these panels to your building, so it is important to consider which type of solar panel mounting system will be most beneficial. The following is information about the different types of solar mounting available to you.


The three main types of solar mounts are: roof/ground mounts, pole solar mounts, and flush mounts. When considering which is best for your home or business, you need to consider the type of building as well as the electrical needs of the space. Before deciding which type of Solar racking system to use, here are some pros and cons of each to consider.


The flush mount is the first type of solar mounting system. This is the least expensive mounting option and it is the easiest to install. This mount can be fastened to the surface of your choice, being fastened to each side of the panel using metal Solar panel brackets. In addition to being cost efficient and easy to install, flush mounts are also lightweight and wind resistant. The best space for these flush mounts are on the roofs of homes and on the roof of RVs. In addition to these pros, flush mounts do have their cons. Flush mounts will not properly hold larger panels. Only certain roofs can use flush mounts, so make sure yours is compatible. The panels must be pre-wired to the home before the mounts can be installed. Also, they have little to no flexibility, so their placement can be hindered.


The roof/ground mount is the next type of solar mounting system. This type of mount can be used both on the roof and on the ground. This type of mount is large and rectangular in shape and is mounted using legs that are connected to the building. This panel can be angled, based on the location of the sun, to optimize the amount of sun exposure. These panels are sensibly priced and are capable of fitting most buildings and panel types. The cons of these mounts include: they are not aesthetically pleasing, strong mounts will be needed to hold them in areas of high winds, and they have certain restrictions in some states.


The final type of solar mounting system is the pole mount. These can be mounted in three ways, top of pole mount, in which the panels sit on top of the pole, side of pole mount, in which the panels are fastened to the side of the pole, and pole tracking mount, in which the panels are fastened to the top of the pole but can track the location of the sun. Pole mounts are easy to access and, therefore, easy to wire, and can be raised or lowered if there is an obstruction. There are construction costs associated with these mounts, however, to make sure they are securely anchored into the ground.


Obtaining electricity in your home or building is simple with the use of solar panels. To get the most out of your panels, make sure your obtain the solar panel mounting system that will work best for your building.