Solar Installation Types

Roof mounted solar is not the only application for solar installation. Ground mount Solar Arrays are a popular installation option for Consumer’s with land.

Ground Mount Solar Benefitsground-mount-solar-sky

  • Versatility – Ground Mount systems can be installed anywhere that has at least 6 hours of sunshine a day. The framing of the Ground Mount system can be customized to work on land of different grades and soil conditions.
  • Developed Industry – Ground Mount solar has become a large industry over the last 10 years which has sparked innovation in material availability. We can provide systems that are engineered to withstand the forces of nature.

 

Ground Mount Solar Considerations

  • Fixed or Tracking – We are commonly asked about the benefits of Ground Mount systems that track the sun opposed to systems that are fixed in one orientation. It is true that a tracking system will harvest more energy than a fixed system. In most cases, a fixed system is recommended over a tracking system for a few simple reasons:
    • Dependability: One of the most enticing characteristics of a solar power system is that they require little to no maintenance over the life of the system. The moving parts associated with a tracking system add mechanical points of failure and may require repair over the life of the system.
    • Cost: Tracking systems were more popular when the cost of Solar panels was substantially higher. The idea was that you could get more out of your investment in solar by tracking as much sunlight as possible. Recently, the price of solar panels have dropped to a point where it is cheaper to increase the size of a fixed solar array then to install a tracking system of a comparable size.ground-mount-design
  • Fencing – Owners with children and land accessible by wildlife may want to consider installing fencing around a Ground Mount System. Vandalism, theft, and tampering can easily be prevented by raising the height of the structure or surrounding the structure with a privacy fence.
  • Future Development – We encourage consumers to be thoughtful of possible shading issues during the life of the system. Keep in mind that trees and other plants can grow quickly, potentially casting shade over the solar system in the future. Also, it is a good idea to communicate with your neighbors about future buildings and structures that could also cause an issue.

Solar Carport

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Concrete slab not required.

Solar carports make use of the shade and protection solar panels create. Systems can be designed anywhere from single car residential applications to large commercial parking lots.

Built to Last— Some solar carports are built out of corrosion resistant aluminum members and fastened with stainless steel bolts. This insures the structure will last the 25+ year lifespan or the solar panels.

Carports’s that pay for themselves — Local and federal incentives paired with offset energy cost allow carports to pay for themselves.

 

Solar Patios and Structures

Limitless Design — Designing a structure from scratch allows you to optimize electricity production, shade, cover, and overall function.

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  • Patios
  • Carports
  • Observation Decks
  • Ground Mounts
  • Outdoor Kitchen
  • Gazebo’s and more…

Using your homes roof for solar power production just makes sense! Residential roof mount systems are the most common installation type for consumers living in urban areas where shade-free land is not available.

Benefits of Solar Roof Mount

Building Foot Print — Mounting solar panels on your roof preserves land for other uses in urban areas. Make use of an unused area that is exposed to sunlight.

Passive Air Flow Cooling — Mounting modules at least 4” above your roof has proven to provide a cooling barrier that keeps your attic cooler in hot summer months. Solar panels are typically installed on the hottest part of your roof to maximize sun exposure.

Developed Industry — Roof mount solar has become a large industry over the last 10 years which has sparked innovation in material availability. High quality solar flashing is engineered to prevent water leaks.

Solar Roof Mount Considerations

Available Space — Finding adequate space on a roof that is facing east, south, or west is the largest obstacle in design.

Shaded Roof — Homes have been traditionally placed next to large shading trees to lower the roofs sun exposure. A roof with shade-free available space is a necessity for a high performance solar system.

Roofing Material — Different roofing types require specific flashing materials. The roofing type will need to be identified for a precise estimate to be calculated. Asphalt shingle and metal roof are the most common roof types encountered followed by Spanish tile and slate.

Roof Age — The age of the roof is especially important with asphalt shingle roofs. Solar panels are expected to last 25+ years so a roofs remaining life is an important factor to take in to consideration.

Asphalt Shingle — We only recommend installing solar on shingles that are in good condition. This is typically 5 years for builder grade shingles and under 10 years for high quality shingles.

Metal Roof — Roof mount solar systems work best on standing seam metal roofs. Attachment clamps require ZERO penetrations and the metal roof will often last the life span of the solar modules.

Tile Roofs (Clay and Slate) — High quality material for tile roofs is readily available but the process of working on fragile tiles can make contractors reluctant to install on them.

Rubber Tile Roof — Although it isn’t very common, rubber roofs work great with solar. The durability of the tiles allow installers to work on these roofs without damage.

 

Commercial solar is perfect for businesses with high energy loads. Commercial roofs offer large unused areas typically with limited shading. Utilize this unused space with solar energy to lower your buildings electric utility bill.

Commercial areas often have large parking lots that can utilize solar carports (more information here!)

Benefits of Roof Mount

Building Foot Print — Mounting solar panels on your roof preserves land for other uses in urban areas. Make use of an unused area that is exposed to sunlight.

Developed Industry — Commercial flat roofs can be installed with zero roof penetrations! Roof mount solar has become a large industry over the last 10 years which has sparked innovation in material availability. Low slope metal roofs can utilize seam clamps that minimize, and sometimes eliminate, roof penetrations.

Roof Mount Considerations

Available Space — Appropriate measurements will need to be taken to calculate the size of solar array that can be installed.

Building Height — The height of the building will affect the wind load design.

Roofing Material — Different roofing types require specific flashing materials. The roofing type will need to be identified for a precise estimate to be calculated.

Roof Age — The age of the roof is especially important with asphalt shingle roofs. Solar panels are expected to last 25+ years so a roofs remaining life is an important factor to take in to consideration.

Structure Integrity — An engineering analysis of the structure will be required before adding the solar array to the roof. Building age and roofing type can be deciding factors on whether the structural integrity of the roof can support solar.