The installation of solar systems is rapidly increasing. Homeowners and businesses alike are realizing the benefits offered by switching to alternative power sources. If you are among this progressive group, you may find some additional information about mounting systems helpful.
The photovoltaic panels that most solar systems consist of need to be mounted in some manner. There are roof mounts, ground mounts, RV mounts, and three different types of pole mounts. Which one you choose to use depends on your preference for the location of the panels, along with the most efficient location for optimum performance of the system. Pole mounts provide a great amount of flexibility for a solar system. They allow the panels to be placed anywhere, instead of being restricted to one location, such as the roof. There are three different types of pole mounts:
- Top Mount. In the top mount design, the panel is attached to the top of the pole. These panels can be large or small, but be sure the panel is securely bolted to the pole as it is very susceptible to wind.
- Side Mount. In this design, the panel is mounted to the side of the pole. Normally for smaller panels, you can actually use an existing pole such as a utility pole (with permission of course).
- Tracking Pole Mounts. This mounting system allows for the panel to rotate, tracking the sun’s rays at their greatest intensity. Also a top mount design, these are more efficient as they allow the system to capture as many rays as possible throughout the day.
Your solar installer can advise you further as to the best mounting system for your application. Determine what location is most desirable to you, and then discuss with him/her your desires versus what is the most advantageous location. Request free estimates from professional solar installers in your area today.