Overview on solar installations:
Solar installations can be installed in a variety ways and depend on roof type, available space, obstructions, etc. Bellow we’ll explore examples of different installation methods from previously installed projects.
The Roof Mount:
To the right is an example of an install on asphalt shingle roofing. Solar installations can also be done on roofs with clay tile, concrete tile, metal, EPDM, etc. A different mounting method is used for each roof type. Regardless of method with properly executed installation leaks will never be a problem.
Q: Will my roof leak?
A: No, we use a 3 course flashing method which completely waterproofs the standoffs which is what is penetrated into the roof trusses. There will be no chance of a roof leaks due to our solar installation.
The Ground Mount:
To the right is an example of a ground mounted solar installation. These solar installations can be done in a variety of configurations in regards to columns and rows. Typically higher producing annually because they face and tilt in the optimal direction. Slightly more expensive because of the concrete work necessary when making the footings. One major benefit is how easy it is to clean.
Q: What is the benefit of doing a ground mount?
A: Optimal orientation meaning you can face the system 180 degree’s south with a tilt of 30 degrees which is optimal for summer and winter production in Southern California. This allows the system to generate the most amount of electricity with the least amount of solar panels. Another benefit is that it is very easy to clean as the system is on the ground, clean panels equals more production.
To the right is an example of a carport installation. These can also be made in a variety of configurations and serve well as a shade structure. Carports are more expensive than ground mounts because of the larger volume of concrete and concrete work that is necessary. In commercial applications trenching through the asphalt is an additional expense. There are added values to consider such as shaded parking spaces for yourself and clients as well as being viewed as an environmentally conscious business.
Q: How ideal is it to put solar on a carport structure?
A: Depends on your goals. The carport structure on its own with the large underground concrete footings and necessary trenching are expenses that come with the carport. If you’re a business
owner though providing shaded parking spaces for your employees, clients and yourself can be a big deal. There’s also the benefit of being perceived as an environmentally friendly business and the added property value appreciation. If you’re a homeowner like in the image to the right and want a shaded space for your tractor, it’s the ideal choice.
Dual-Axis Solar Trackers
AllEarth Solar Trackers follow the sun to give you the most energy for your solar investment. Fixed systems are only positioned at the optimal angle for energy production for a limited number of hours each day. With a dual-axis solar tracker, panels will always be oriented towards the sun, no matter the season or time of day, maximizing the solar-system energy production and resulting in up to 45% more energy. More power means a greater return on your solar investment, and energy savings you can take straight to the bank.
Q: What happens in the case of a high wind situation?
A: The tracker is constantly measuring the wind speed, if the wind speed picks up above 35 mph the tracker will shift to a horizontal position allowing the wind to pass by without any issues.