San Jose Racking & Mounting Solar Panels
What is Racking
Racking or mounting is an essential part of solar panel installation for your asset. Racking protects your investment from harsh weather and other complications. So, it is important to keep your solar array stable by developing a fixed foundation with particular mounts equipped for the owner’s conditions. These conditions pertain to where exactly should your modules be displaced. For instance, some prefer tilt legs as mounts which are angled perpendicular to the sun for flat surfaced rooftops. Which is why it’s also important to decide where on your property these panels will be attached. It could be either on the roof, ground, or another surface, so before selecting certain mounting products, first determine what type of racking will be done.
Types of Racking
Ground racking is the most common and the most convenient. There are various kinds of ground mounting, so starting with the traditional ground mounting; this system is implanted to the ground and holds a number of stacked modules. The maximum amount of panels it can hold are four stacked. Typically, two rails are used to support the foundation of the modules, although there are many kinds of materials used for the various foundations of mounts, so it’s best to look into that aspect of ground mounting.
The other type of ground mounting is tracking. Tracking is popular for absorbing as much sunlight at all times, no matter the time of day. It functions ensuring that the panels are constantly parallel to the sun. That’s why this type is called tracking, so it can capture the sun’s UV rays and assure the best energy output. Tracking mounts have two kinds of classification: single-axis and dual-axis. Single axis is literally a long row of panels tracking the sun from an east to west region. Whereas the dual axis targets the sun more on a circular path that has separated tables of panels. Both axises are designed to receive the most energy output from the sun.
Solar carports and canopies are mainly designed for commercial use like for businesses and schools. Anywhere that has a parking lot of space specifically for solar panels. These kinds of ground mounting are very tall mounts that could span over two rows or larger depending on the project.
The final type is floating ground systems and these are very special mounting because they are known to be solar panels floating on water. Floating systems are commonly used by water treatment facilities that power their industry with renewable energy. The system isn’t literally in the water, instead the surface that the floating panel system is on, is actually floating along the water. The system is assembled on land that sits on a mat, then is pushed to the water. Do not hesitate to spend extra time on finding the appropriate mounts for your system based on your living arrangements because this will help your solar panels long term.