How to integrate your Solar Panel System with your home

How to Integrate Your Solar Panel System With Your Home

OK so you have the solar panels. Now what? Buying the right solar panels is just a first step in making your home run on solar energy.

The next step is to consider how best to integrate the solar panel array with the roof and structure of your home or business.

There are many different technologies and installation options. I’m gonna tell you about two common installation options. If you choose another kind of installation, be aware that of the many design, drainage, warranty, and repair concerns discussed in this article are common to all installation systems.

Ballast solar panel system

If you do not wish to alter the roof of your home or business, one option is the ballast system, which works best on a flat commercial roof. With this installation method, the panels rest on top of the roof. While this is the least expensive option, it has several drawbacks that may factor into your decision.

While most roofs have a 20 year warranty, a ballast mounted solar panel system is only under warranty for 10 years. This system uses rubber boots or cinder blocks to hold the panel array down. The ballast mounting system places excessive weight on the roof, which makes the roof membrane brittle and easily cracked.

Panels are required to be mounted at acute angles, about 0-20 degrees, to avoid destabilization because of the wind.

Whether building new construction to suit ballast-mounted solar or adapting an existing roof, you must consider the design. A ballast mounted solar panel system is less easily adapted …

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