Solar Panel Mounting
Solar Panel mounting refers to methods of which solar panels are secured into place. Whether you are looking for a solution for a pitched roof, flat roof or field there is a unique mounting system at hand. Different kinds of solar panel mounting allow for design flexibility, varied aesthetics, and greater solar generation. Here at Deege Solar we have years of experience installing various different Solar PV systems. Every project is unique, meaning that not one type of Solar Panel mounting system suits every solar project. In this blog we will explore the different kinds of solar panel mounting systems available, hopefully helping you find the perfect Solar mounting system for your solar project.
Solar Panels For Pitched Roofs
On-Roof Solar Panels
By far the most common kind of solar panel mounting is an on-roof system. As the name suggests, the solar panels fix directly to the roof. On-roof solar panels, are a cost-effective solution. Providing excellent ventilation to your panels and optimal performance. When installing an on-roof solar system, metal hooks are drilled directly into the rafters of the roof. This involves sometimes removing and replacing some roof tiles. Vertical rails run across the hooks, to which your Solar PV panels are clamped. Finally, a weatherproof seal is applied around the hooks for maximum protection.
Additional elements may be added to this type of solar panel mounting, depending on the type of roof tile the property has. For example, to install solar panels onto a slate roof, the tile will be removed completely to install flashing around the roof hook.
In-Roof Solar Panels
In roof solar, or integrated solar panels are the ideal solution for new builds or anyone looking to re-roof there home. Many customers opt for an in-roof system because of the sleeker aesthetics. As the solar panel sit snugs within a tray, there is no space for birds to nest under and the panels appear flush with the rest of the roof. However, this does result in less air ventilation around the panels, resulting in a 5-10% lower efficiency.
Metal trapezoidal roofs
If you are looking for a commercial solar solution, this type of solar panel mounting will likely be what you are looking for.
Many commercial or outbuildings have metal trapezoidal roof structures. Lucky for these customers, installing Solar PV onto a trapezoidal metal roof is one of the cheapest and fastest means of deploying solar panels. All in all, the panel mounting process for such a roof is very similar to that of an on-roof system. However, the rails are instead secured to the ridges of the metal roof by self-tapping screws. This keeps the Solar PV Panels very close to the roof, minimising any impact wind may have. What’s more, as these clamps have a rubber backing the system is waterproof.
Discover more about Solar panels on metal roofs.
Solar Panel Tiles
Solar tiles are often considered the solar panel of the future. Unlike a traditional solar panel which is mounted on-top of your roof tiles, solar tiles replace your roof tiles all together. Seamlessly integrating solar technology into your property, without taking away from your home’s natural design. Although Solar tiles may look the part, their efficiencies aren’t quite on par with on-roof solar panel system just yet.
Many solar companies have tried and failed to make solar roof tiles work, however Tesla believe they have the answer. Find out more about the Tesla Solar roof.
Flat Roof Solar Panel Systems
Flat Roof solar refers to the installation of Solar Panels onto a roof which is almost level, with a pitch approximately between 1-10 degrees. When it comes down to a flat roof solution, the main concern is usually how much weight the roof can hold. Here at Deege Solar we offer a variety of PV mounting Systems for Flat Roofs. After all why should only pitched roof properties benefit from Solar?
Renusol Console Bins
East/West Mounting Solar Panel systems
Flat trapezoidal roofs
Suitable for flat trapezoidal roof structures, these metal triangular frames ensure that your solar panels are tightly secure. Screwed to the flat roof in the same way as a pitched trapezoidal roof, these triangular frames allow you to angle your solar PV panels for optimum performance. With a possible tilt angle from 5° to 45°.
Ballasted south-facing flat roof mounts
Ground Mounted Solar Panel Systems
Ground Mounted solar panels are a great option if your roof is unsuitable for solar PV, and you have land available. In some instances, you may have more land than roof space, so choosing ground-mounted solar panels would mean you can generate more solar energy. Ground mounted Solar panels are usually a great mounting solution for those who live in more rural locations, looking to install an off-grid solar system..
Renusol Console bins
Renusol console bins are not just suitable for flat roof systems but ground mounted solar panel systems too! They allow for flexible placement and make it simple to manoeuvre the solar panels. As the solar panels are easy to access, and because the console bins are plastic they are easy to clean and maintain even on the dirtiest of solar farms.
Solar Panels on Metal frames
So which type of Solar PV Mounting should I choose?
When it comes to installing a solar PV System, the type of solar panel mounting system may seem like a strange thing to consider. Yet, it is important to choose the correct solution, as it will not only impact the cost of your solar panel installation, but also the finish, and your generation.
If you are a UK property owner, still unsure about which type of Solar Panel mounting system is right for your project, get in touch today! As MCS certified Solar Panel Installers, with over 12 year of experience, when you choose Deege Solar you know you are in safe hands. Call us today on 01322 479369 or click the enquire now button to talk to a solar expert!