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Solar Panel Mounts -Choosing the Right Type For Your Needs

Solar Panel Mounts -Choosing the Right Type For Your Needs



Learn how to select the correct solar panel mounts for your needs

Learn how to select the correct solar panel mounts for your needs



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    • Solar Panel Mounts How to Select the Right Type
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Solar panel mounts are crucial to the effectiveness of your solar system.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Of course, the amount of power your panels are able to generate is dependent on how much sun they can absorb.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com And this is affected by the solar mounts.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Therefore, to get the very best out of your solar power system, it is imperative that you have reliable and effective mounts.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com One of the main considerations when constructing or buying solar panel mounts is that they are robust.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Ideally they should be able to withstand several years of exposure to the elements.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com What Materials Are Solar Mounts Made of?
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Typically, there are four options.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Aluminum, stainless steel, angle iron and wood.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Which of these materials you choose will depend on your budget and your location.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com For example, aluminum is lightweight, making it easy to shape and weld.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com In addition, it is hardwearing and will resist corrosion.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com However, it can be an expensive option.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Stainless steel is probably the most expensive material and can be tough to work.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Angle iron is easy to work with and cheaper than other metals, but it will corrode quickly in wet conditions.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Wood, on the other hand, is the cheapest option and is very easy to obtain.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com However, it will not withstand weather, so will need to be treated or replaced regularly.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com What is Wind Load?
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Depending on the angle that your solar panels are placed, the mounts will be exposed to varying pressure from the wind.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com This pressure, known as wind load, needs to be taken into consideration when choosing a material and building.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com You may need to ask the advice of a local contractor to establish what your wind load will be.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Obviously, it is a good idea to prepare for the worst case scenario.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com In other words, consider the very worst conditions that your locale may experience.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Do You Need a Tracker?
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com A tracker, as the name suggests, tracks the sun and adjusts the solar panel accordingly.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com This will, of course, ensure that your panels are absorbing as much of the sun's energy as possible.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com However, if you choose to use a tracker, it is wise to select one that does not use much energy itself.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com For example, a single axis tracker may be the most efficient option.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Moreover, it is crucial to ensure that your tracker is securely bolted.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Where to Place Your Solar Mounts
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Of course, you may be familiar with the sight of solar mounts on roofs, but this is not the only option.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Therefore, you may prefer placing the panels on the ground or on poles.
    • Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com Before buying your solar panel mounts, it is a good idea to establish where you will place the panels, so that the correct material can be chosen.
    • For More Information Visit Do-It-YourselfSolarPanels.com