Solar Mounting Systems
An Introduction to Solar Energy
Initial installation of solar panels can seem overwhelming. It is not as tough as it looks. Just follow three steps to get the best outcome from your solar powered system
The Location of Installation
The correct place for your Solar panel mounting system is one of the most important steps in the process. Many homes will have limited space available. Most install systems on the roof for this reason. If you have a lot of room to work with, you may want to use a pole mount since it can be more beneficial and often easier to install.
The system will need as much direct sunlight as possible, whether it is installed on a roof or a pole mount. There should be nothing standing in the way of your panel. These obstructions could easily reduce the amount of energy your system can make.
Direction of your Solar trackers is also important in installation. Taking a peek at your roof is the best way to determine the best place for sunlight. Always try to place the mounted solar panel in the opposite direction of the hemisphere you live. A location in the northern hemisphere should cause you to face your panel south. A location in the southern hemisphere would need to place the panel facing north. This will allow you the most direct sunshine. If your roof does not allow for this, you should place the panel facing east or west.
Mounting Hardware Set up
If you are putting the system on the roof, you should try to use pre-made mounting hardware. This will allow you to confident that the panels are will be able to handle rain, wind and other inclement weather.
You will need to use wooden blocks or rafters in your roof to attach the hardware so that it is secure. A strong foundation will be created if this is done and should deter high winds. You will not want to attach to plywood because the material is weak and may contribute to damage of your panel or your roof.
To make sure you don't get any leaks make sure you use sealant around and under the hardware.
Installing the Actual Solar Panel
You can make now start installing the racks and railing. Make sure water and wind go flow under the panel. Three inches will be enough to make sure this can be achieved.
After rails and racks are in place you can put on the panel. Restraining hardware should be used to make sure the panels stay in place. The panels can then be connected if you are choosing to install more than one.
By now you can surely see the basic installation of your system. Ask for help and start with a single solar panel if you are still confused. After one installation you may be more confident.