Solar panel mounting system on a rack

May 11, 2013 in Solar Panels

Simple Rack Solar Panel Mounting System

I have been discussing my latest rack solar panel mounting system  that I have made for the house power system.  As stated in my previous post, I made the main rack part out of angle steel.  I turned most of the angles down except for the last one.  This created a ledge to sit the panels on.  To drill the holes in the racks to bolt the panels on, I simply started by sitting the first panel on the rack.  This rested on the ledge made by the up-turned angle steel.  I then drilled where the panel frame rested on the rack.

Important Tip – Hold a small piece of wood against the panel while drilling the holes so as to protect the underside.  I came close to wrecking my first panel because I didn’t think about this.

Commercial Solar Panel Mounting Systems

Commercial offerings of  solar panel mounting systems use fancy rails etc, and are designed for fast and easy installation for minimum time on a roof.  The easier and faster to install the solar panel mounting system is the safer the installers job is when putting them on a house roof.

Benefits of own DIY solution

My solar power mounting system was not on the on a high house roof (mine is just a little bit too scary for me).  I didn’t have to worry about these factors.  I found this method a relative easy way for mounting my panels.  Access to the under side is easy for bolting.

NI am very pleased with the result.  Even happier that I didn’t have to fork out anywhere near the amount I would have to if I was to purchase even a ground positioned commercial solar panel mounting system.

I have added some more photos so that you get the idea.

Another close up of solar panel mounting system

Another close up of solar panel mounting system

 

Another view of underside of solar panel mounting system

Another view of underside of solar panel mounting system