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Old 05-03-2014, 10:21 AM   #1
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Solar panel mounting questions

How did you guys mount your solar panels? Im interested with roof installations. Any special brackets used? Did you drill?
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Old 05-04-2014, 01:59 AM   #2
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Thee are some new panels that are glued to the roof. Most conventional solar panels are secured with screws. The screw holes are filled with caulk than the hardware is secured with screws. YouTube has some great videos that show this. Just do a search for them. It's the holes that your not aware of are the ones you have to worry about.
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Old 05-04-2014, 07:27 AM   #3
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I used aluminum "L" brackets bolted with toggler bolts thru the roof. Bolted onto the "L" brackets are removable pin galvanize hinges. The one leaf is bolted to the bracket, and the other to the solar panel. By removing the pin, I can tilt the panels for cleaning and for rain runoff. I used to subscribe to the tilt your panels to maximize power, but found that adding a panel was easier and works better.

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Old 05-04-2014, 07:31 AM   #4
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Nice! I never thought that drilling in the roof was possible.
Looks solid and professional want to do mine?
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:48 AM   #6
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How big are these panels? How did you ran the wire?
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Old 05-04-2014, 08:51 AM   #7
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Very clever with the hinges etc...
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The panels are 140 watts each. Off the top of my head, I think they measured something like 26x56. I mounted the combiner box under one panel. I ran #4 copper from the back of the box, thru a wall, and into the compartment that has the charge controller.

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Here's a closer pix of the rods used to angle the panels. I tried to keep things simple and cheap.

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Here's the compartment that houses the charge controller. It was originally a wasted space. No door, just solid panel. I made the metal enclosure to fit. I made the door to fit as well.

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