Solar Panel Mounts & Racking
Roof Mount Solar Racking Systems
A roof mount is a great option if your roof is sun-exposed and in good condition. It’s important to choose high quality components for a long-lasting, weatherproof installation.
You’ll need flashings, clamps or tile hooks to attach the racks to your rooftop. There are various options depending on your racking and type of roof (shingle, metal, or tile.)
Flat rooftops (or low slope roofs) can use similar racking hardware with tilt legs to achieve an appropriate angle. There are also ballasted racking systems, which aren’t drilled into the roof at all, but instead are weighted down with blocks.
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Ground Mount Solar Racking System
Ground Mounts allow you to pick the optimal tilt angle in a south-facing direction. A standard ground mount is built on a structure of steel pipe and concrete at a fixed-tilt angle.
Pole Mounts allow you to adjust the tilt angle to maximize your power output throughout the seasons. A steeper tilt angle captures more power in the winter and also sheds snow off the panels. Pole mounts can be installed above foliage & snow banks to keep the panels clear of debris.
Trackers are pole-mounted racks that follow the sun to maximize daily production. Trackers are the most expensive option, and require maintenance, due to the complexity and moving parts. Trackers are mainly used for large utility-scale PV installations. Residential systems are typically better off installing a few extra panels on a fixed array.