Panel Racking System Brand & Benefits
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When it comes to solar PV, everyone tends to focus on the quality of the solar panel. While the type and quality of solar panels can determine the longevity of the array, it is also good to consider the quality of the solar array’s racking system.
Solar panel racking is part of the balance of system (BOS). The BOS is anything not in the solar panels themselves. Quality components in the BOS can increase the effectiveness of the array.
Most do not pay much attention to what holds solar panels in place. However, having a well-made racking system can increase the life and safety of the array.
Why Solar Panel Mounting Systems are Important
Solar panels are lightweight in comparison to high-velocity winds. Without proper mounting, the solar modules could blow away and cause damage. Not only is sub-par mounting a liability, but it could decrease the ROI of the system.
A solar array not properly mounted could fall and hit someone or something. Causing harm both to the solar panel and whatever it hits.
If the mounting equipment doesn’t have a quality warranty, the severity of the damage caused could result in additional costs, which would decrease the return of the system.
Different Solar Panel Mounting Types
There are several mounting types for solar arrays. However, the best way to mount solar panels depends on the type of solar installation.
The type of mounting system used is one of the most important factors to consider. Some homes don’t have enough usable space on the roof. Other homes have flat roofs.
Different racking systems accommodate these challenges. Some of the most common mounting types include ballasted, in and on-roof mounts, ground mounts and pole mounts.
Solar Panel Racking for Flat Roofs
Homes with flat roofs present a unique opportunity. Solar panels on slanted roofs would fall off if they weren’t secured.
Leaking is not usual for solar roof installs. However, it is even less likely leaks will occur when there is no roof penetration.
Homes with flat roofs typically use ballasted mounting systems. These racking systems are angled for optimal sunlight and held down with weights.
Mounting Solar in the Backyard
Sometimes homes aren’t a good fit for solar. When this is the case, it is sensible to consider putting solar in your backyard.
Two different mounting types are typically used for residential backyard solar. These include ground mounts and pole mounts.
A ground-mount uses several secured poles to hold the racking system in place. Pole mounts use one large pole to hold up the racking system and solar array.
Mounting for Roof Systems
Roof systems have a racking system drilled into the roof of the home. These are the most common racking systems for residential installations because it is the cheapest and the best use of space for a pitched roof.
Individuals who are already planning on re-roofing or building a home often add in-roof mounting. However, because in-roof mounts require the removal of roofing material, most homes with slanted-roofs have on-roof mounts.
PV Mounting Options at Go Solar Group
For a solar array to function at its full capacity, every aspect of the system should be well made. At Go Solar Group, quality is of utmost importance, which is why we offer different solar racking brands.
Go Solar Group uses two different solar panel racking brands for its installations. Which brand used depends on the racking type needed for the design of the system.
Both of these brands are both high-quality, but they offer superior benefits for different racking types.
Everest Racking and Roof Mounts
Go Solar Group uses Everest Racking for most of its residential installs. This racking company has a variety of racking options for different roof types. Quality products and racking attachments make it possible to match the home’s roof type with the optimal racking option.
Iron Ridge and Ground Mounts
Go Solar Group uses Iron Ridge racking its ground mounts. These mounts don’t require drilling, welding, or heavy machinery, making them an economical choice. However, this doesn’t mean they are cheaply made.
These ground mounts use both aluminum and steel to meet the challenges of year-long outdoor use. They meet the UL 2703 standard and are engineer-approved.
Making sure that your solar panels are secure is essential to a quality installation. No matter what type of install you need, Go Solar Group has your back.
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