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The Different Types of Mounting Systems for Engineers

Did you know that there are plenty of mounting systems for your plant that runs on solar power? Installing them provides an extremely cost-effective solution to enhance your system's power, and there are many other benefits. If you’re looking for a quality solution to power your project in your industrial solar-powered plant, some clever engineering, fast installation, and handy mounting systems will make this possible. Say you’re not familiar with the many available mounting systems for solar panel systems. That’s no problem – find the different types of mounting systems for engineers in this article. The Different Types of Mounting Systems for Engineers

What is a mounting structure?

In terms of solar systems, a mounting structure (such as a ground mount) is the cornerstone of solar-powered plants. You’ll notice that they support modules and ensure the solar panels are raised appropriately to provide them with the best and highest possible amounts of solar irradiation. 

What do racking and mounting mean when constructing solar mounting systems?

Mounting is a process used to fix solar panels in place on a rooftop or the ground. Racking is a type of mount that engineers use to affix solar panels to different surfaces. The racking makes retrofitting possible and makes it easier for your structure to support a solar array. The mounting systems permit retrofitting, helping you to power your solar-powered plant.

What is a photovoltaic solar mounting system, and how does it work?

Photovoltaic mounting systems are solar module racking used for solar power plants. You may also hear them described as modules, PV panels, or simply PV systems.  They are types of units that consist of special cells which produce an electric current when exposed to sunlight. The photovoltaic panels then create electric fields which are more powerful in a location where the sun is strongest.

What are the main materials for mounting module structures?

You’ll notice that the three critical materials that make up mounting module structures include mild steel, hot-dip galvanized iron, and aluminum. Iron or steel materials are galvanized with a zinc coating to prevent rusting or corrosion. This property makes them ideal for many environments for your solar-powered plant.

What are the main types of solar mount structures, and how many are there?

There are several types of solar mounts that you can use for your powered plant. As well as pole mounts, there are mounts for flat roofs, mounts for sloped roofs, ground-mount solar systems, and solar carport systems.

What is a flat roof solar panel system?

Flat roof solar panel systems are installable on many types of flat roofs, as you may guess from the name. Engineers can install these systems at a 30-degree angle to the roof thanks to a bracket component and solar mounting systems supporting the flat roof solar PV panels.

What is a pole mount solar panel system?

A pole mount solar panel system is installed using a pole that engineers affix into holes filled with concrete. One of the main advantages of the systems with pole mounts is their solar trackers. You can also adjust them manually.

What is a solar tracker, and what are its benefits?

A solar tracker can sense the sun’s direction. They tilt or turn the modules accordingly to boost the light exposure to the panels. Compared with solar systems that don’t have them, solar panels with solar trackers can produce greater energy. You will need to maintain these systems more regularly.

What is a sloped roof solar panel system?

As the name indicates, you can install sloped solar panel systems on sloped roofs at different angles. To install them successfully, engineers must use anchoring or penetration into the roof.

What is a ground mount solar panel system?

A ground-mounted solar array is just what the name suggests – they are solar panels you can mount on the ground. As long as there is plenty of open space to accommodate a ground mount system and excellent exposure to the sun, you can install these systems and receive good power.

What is a solar carport system?

A solar carport is a solar panel that is ground-mounted and installed over parking lots. It’s simple to orient carport panel systems to the optimum angle to ensure they receive the best exposure to the sunlight.  Manufacturers can create custom solar carports specifically for your requirements, whether for commercial, residential, or industrial purposes (such as for solar-powered plants). Examples of the most common solar carports include double row and single row systems.  The Different Types of Mounting Systems for Engineers

What are the main components of roof-mounted solar systems?

The critical components of roof-mounted solar systems include:
  • Roof attachments, which engineers can fasten to the structure of the roof. There are different types of roof attachments that engineers can select depending on the type of roof. The most common option is a roof attachment that engineers use for shingle roofs. They affix them to load-bearing beams.
  • Mounting rails, which engineers can then place solar panels on top. Mounting rails are usually supported by roof clamps but can also be supported by brackets. 
  • Clamps, which engineers can use to affix mounting rails to roof attachments. Engineers can also attach panels to the rails afterward.

What does the utility-scale refer to for solar panels?

The phrase utility-scale refers to a solar facility that generates solar power and delivers it to a grid that supplies utilities with power. Typically, utility-scale solar setups are large-scale photovoltaic power systems.

How can you tell whether a solar panel system is of good quality?

The best-quality solar panel systems will be configurable and capable of withstanding any site conditions. For instance, regardless of whether you have heavy snow, expertly-designed solar panel systems will have expert installation – the angles will ensure snow doesn’t accumulate on top of them. Exceptional solar panel systems will also have excellent components such as footing mounts that strongly secure the system—the more secure the panel, the greater the safety of your crew. 

Choose cost-effective solar panel systems that deliver energy to your grid

Your plant requires cost-effective solar panels that can provide energy and help you complete your project efficiently. For additional information on exceptional mounts and PV solar panel systems that have the ability to support your systems, go to the best plant product vendor in Canada – go to Pro Support Solutions and get all the information you need.

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