Solar Panel Mounting Options – Solar FYI

Solar Panel Mounting Options – Solar FYI


Hi, this is Josh Roelofs with “FYI”, an informational video series from
Wholesale Solar. Today, we’re going to talk about your
main options for mounting your solar panels. Your three main options are IronRidge roof mount, IronRidge ground mount, and pole-mounted solar arrays. Your first option for installing your solar panel is to mount them on your rooftop using IronRidge XR roof mounting rails. Mounting on your roof is the most cost-effective approach because you can take advantage of that existing structure. So if you have a sun-exposed rooftop
that faces south or even east or west, chances are this is the ideal location to install solar panels. IronRidge has three options for the
roof mounting brackets: XR10 is the first option, which is the
most cost-effective, mainly designed for areas like Arizona
and Southern California where there’s no snow and minimal wind load requirements. The most common option, XR100, is included in most of our systems. This is by far the most popular racking. It’s suitable for a wide range of wind and snow load requirements. IronRidge also offers their XR1000 rail, used for extreme wind and snow loads, such as hurricane-prone regions or mountainous areas with heavy snowfall. Your next option is IronRidge SGA – the Scaleable Ground Array. Ground-mounted arrays are ideal for
homes without adequate or usable space for installing solar panels on the rooftop. The IronRidge SGA ground-mounted system is a fixed-angle mounting system, so you can’t adjust the tilt angle. This makes it far more cost-effective compared to sun trackers and pole mounts. We supply the IronRidge SGA brackets. You or your installer supplies the 2-inch or 3-inch pipe in concrete to complete the system installation. IronRidge SGA is suitable for
installation in a wide range of conditions and will work in most areas in the
country. Your third option for mounting brackets is a pole-mount system. A pole mount is another form of a
ground-mounted array and it relies on a single, large pipe installed in the ground, typically 4-inch 6-inch or even 8-inch pipe for
large systems. A pole mount can accommodate anywhere from 1 up to about 16 solar panels
depending on the system. Pole mounts are far more expensive, about 2x to 3x the cost compared to IronRidge SGA ground mounts. The benefit of a pole mount is the adjustable tilt angle. You can use a steep tilt angle to shed snow, or to capture more winter light in far
northern latitudes. Pole mounts are ideally suited for areas where you get heavy snow load, northern climates, or if you need to raise your array above snow, foliage or other obstructions on the
ground. A pole mount can provide some additional clearance. So in summary, your three main options for mounting brackets are: roof-mounted, ground-mounted or pole-mounted arrays. If you have questions or need assistance picking one of these options, feel free to contact us and one of our
experienced designers would be happy to assist. My name is Josh Roelofs and this has been “FYI”

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