You bought this set of really fancy solar panels which you’re really psyched to use. Or maybe you got a great deal on a do-it-yourself solar panel kit. Whether it’s a top-of-the-line or an inexpensive solar panel which you have, the system for harnessing the sun’s rays and converting it to energy for powering up your home will not be complete without solar panel mounts. As the name implies, these are mounts which serve as the support system for your solar panel.
Remember that your main objective of putting up a solar panel system is to place it in such a way that it will get the most amount of sunlight throughout the day. If you will install the solar panel system in a shady area, it will defeat the purpose of using sunlight as a form of alternative energy. With the help of solar panel mounts, you can angle the panels in such a way that they will receive the most amount of sunlight.
Types of Solar Mounts to Use
The good news is that if you already have a set of solar panels, there are plenty of types of solar mounts that you can place them on. Take a look at the following list:
If it’s your first time to put together a solar panel system, a ground mount is probably the easiest way for you to put up the panels. Ground mounts resemble an A-shaped frame. To secure the ground mount in place, you can use a slab of cement. These mounts are designed to hold up to eight solar modules and you can choose one with legs which can be tilted or adjusted, although there are also ones with fixed legs.
Another way to mount solar panels is using either a fixed or movable pole top mount. When the pole top mount is fixed, make sure that it is angled in such a way that it can get the most amount of sunlight during daytime. If you have the budget for it, however, there are pole top mounts which automatically move based on the amount of sun coming in to get the most power during daytime.
Roof mounts for solar panels are a bit tricky to install because they have to be properly angled. If you live in a state which receives a good amount of snow during winter, how can you adjust the legs of the mount for the panels to get as much sunlight as possible? If it’s in an easy-to-reach place, however, you may choose to install roof mounts.
The most common type of solar mount rail system is one wherein the mount is attached to the roof first. Afterwards, the solar panels are attached from above.
Designed to hold up to four solar modules, these mounts are attached to the pole using U-bolts or a hose clamp.
Finally, if you have an RV or a boat, you should make use of a specially designed vehicle mounted rack.
Your solar panel system is only as good as the mount that it’s installed in, so make sure to choose one based on your alternative energy needs.