As solar panel installations are growing, with the 1 millionth installation expected to occur in 2015, the need for solar panel mounting systems is also increasing. However, purchasing a solar panel mounting system or a solar panel tracking system can be a difficult process, as there are quite a few companies that claim to offer quality systems. In order to ensure that you are receiving good products, however, you need to know the right questions to ask. Below are 6 questions to ask before purchasing solar mounting.
What panels work with the solar mounting?
Depending upon the types of solar panels that you own, this is a highly important question. You need to ensure that the solar panel tracker or mounting will accommodate the type of solar panels that you have. Some companies offer solar rack systems that work with all solar panels, but it is best to make sure before you purchase solar mounting or a solar panel tracker.
What types of solar panel mounting systems are offered?
There are many different types of mounting systems; each providing different benefits depending upon the project. If you need a roof mount, for example, you will want to ensure that the company you go with offers this type of system. Some companies offer unique mounting systems that specialize in certain areas, such as tilt.
What materials is the system made of?
Solar panel mounting systems can be made from a variety of materials; however, some materials are better than others. You will want to look for systems that are made of aluminum or pre-galvanized steel in order to ensure that your system lasts a long time.
What will be the cost of solar panel mounting system and installation?
The costs of different solar panel mounting systems and solar panel trackers will differ with the type of system, as well as the company you choose. It is best to set a price range and compare costs across companies. You’ll find that many options are not as expensive as you might think. One mounting solution, the Flex solar mounting system, can be installed for less than $0.01/watt.
What is the estimated wait time for delivery and/or installation of solar panel mounting system?
If you need your solar panel mounting system in a hurry, this might be the most important question that you ask. Many companies are backed up for weeks at a time, so it’s best to inquire before you order.
What tilt can the solar panel mounting system accommodate?
Depending upon the project, you may need a system with a specific tilt. The tile refers to the angle at which the panels face the sky. In other words, if the panel is facing the wall, or perpendicular to the ground, the angle would be 90 degrees. A panel that is flat on a roof would have an angle of 0 degrees.
In order to ensure that you order the best solar panel mounting system for your project, you should always ask the above questions. If you can think of any more questions to ask, let us know in the comments!