Due to the numerous economic and environmental benefits that renewable energy sources provide for a better future, the entire world is working hard to shift its energy dependency away from traditional coal/diesel-based energy.
Solar energy is the most cost-effective and long-term solution for lowering our electricity bills and carbon footprint among all renewable energy sources.
Solar panels are a good way to increase the value of your property and lower your energy bills while also being environmentally friendly.
Researchers are constantly working to enhance the efficiency of solar panels while lowering their costs. Space is an important constraint to consider when designing and installing rooftop solar plants, especially in metropolitan and urban settings.
The backbone of the complete solar energy system is a proper mounting structure with an effective design system. It is not only responsible for the support system but it also helps the system to endure bad weather.
In this blog, we’ll learn about the mounting structure of solar panels,
Types of design structure:
Depending on the design of the solar roof mounting system to be installed at a certain location, it is classified as follows:
Panels are mounted on the rooftop with a ground clearance of fewer than 1m at the lowest point of the panel in this sort of structure.
This is the structure with the least amount of metal, the least amount of wind loading, and, as a result, the lowest system cost.
High-rise or Elevated Structure
The elevated design structure, also known as a high-rise design structure, improves solar efficiency while using a little amount of roof space. Solar panels are placed at a height of 6 to 8 feet above ground level.
With a solar pergola design, the solar panel can be readily installed and the extra benefits of providing outdoor power to decorate gardens and plants may be enjoyed.
However, before placing solar panels on a pergola, make sure that the pergola is strong enough to support the solar panels’ weight.
Why go for elevated design structures?
Because solar panels have a 25-year lifespan, many consumers considering solar installation are concerned about space, particularly in metropolitan areas where rooftop space is scarce and expensive.
If we go with a traditional solar installation, it takes up the entire rooftop space and only gives us a height of 500mm above the ground (it is for cleaning purposes to remove dust and debris).
If we choose an elevated design, we will have a clearing distance of 2000 mm (depending on the consumer’s needs) from the ground level.
Why consumers are shifting towards elevated design?
Rooftop space utilization: Because of the elevated design structure, the rooftop area can be used for different purposes such as rooftop gardening, cafeteria, or simply to relax or wander in the shade of the solar panels.
Solar panels can be mounted on the roof despite roof barriers (such as tanks, columns, etc.) using this design structure, which is not always possible with traditional solar design.
Improved solar output: Choosing an elevated structure allows for a nearly 20% increase in solar output capacity when employing highly efficient modules. Even with standard modules, using an elevated design structure increases solar output capacity (by avoiding shadows) and hence increases output capacity.
Reduced shade losses and thus increased output efficiency: Elevated design structures are favored due to reduced shading losses and hence enhanced output efficiency.
Increased commercial value: The majority of raw materials and any additional accessories are placed on the rooftop of high-rise commercial buildings, reducing rooftop space. Due to space limits and roof obstructions, traditional solar installation is impossible in such instances. Elevated solar panel installation not only saves money on electricity costs but also improves the building’s environmental credentials. This aids in the certification process for LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design).
Should we go for an elevated design structure?
To answer this question, you must first understand the energy demand, rooftop usage, and budget of a certain consumer.
In the following two circumstances, however, the elevated rooftop design structure is a fantastic choice above conventional design:
If you wish to use rooftop space for a variety of activities, such as gardening, cafeteria, relaxation, and so on.
If the rooftop area has various impediments such as structural pieces or any other object that has been installed on the rooftop.
How Can We Help?
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