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Solar Power Systems For Residential & Farm Properties

Solar power provides farms and homes a tremendous opportunity to become more energy independent. Whether it’s a consultation on a residential solar power system or installing solar power systems for farms, KSUNsolar can help you get started with your energy needs.

Our experts will guide you through all the steps: from selecting the size of the solar panels, choosing where the panels should be installed, providing a detailed energy and financial analysis, and delivering a professional solar installation.

With a residential solar power system or solar power system for farms, you can start saving money on energy bills and enjoy long-term protection from rising electricity costs.

There are many ways to mount solar power systems. Unless your property or house is surrounded by tall trees, KSUNsolar can make solar work for you. We are also a Bergey Wind Turbine dealer and can help with your small-scale wind turbine installation too. Check out more below.

Roof Mounted Solar Panels

Metal or shingle roofs are great locations for residential solar power systems. Turn your rooftop into a power plant so you can cut down on energy spending and boost your home’s value! For more info click here.

Solar Panel Roof Mounts

KSUNsolar is proud to offer affordable and energy cost-saving solar panel roof mounts. Our expert solar consultants carefully factor structural and building code issues to provide the right solar panel roof mount solution to home and farms from the buyers in the world.

The ideal orientation a solar panel roof mount installation is facing south where optimum energy production will be achieved. If your roof faces east or west your overall energy production will typically be 10 to 25% lower compared to a south-facing. On sloped roofs, the rack supporting the solar array is usually flush-mounted for aesthetic, cost and structural reasons. The annual energy production is also dependent on the tilt angle of the array (and roof).

Other things to consider for installing solar panel roof mounts are summarized below:

Common Roof Types

Solar roof mounting can be complex without expertise and understanding about specific roof types. Tick Tock Energy has installed solar systems on all types of metal and shingle roofs.  The rack for both applications is similar and the main difference is the connection between the rack and the roof surface. Common roof types in Illinois and surrounding Midwest states are:

Shingle roofs

Metal – standing seam

Metal – panel type (corrugated)

Shingle Roofs – Age Considerations

If your shingle roof is newer and has many years of life left, it’s a good time to make it roof solar panels now.  If your roof is older and near replacement, you should consider replacing the shingles first or do the solar and roof upgrade at the same time.

However, with the 30% federal tax credit available (at full 30% through 2019 and then declining in 2020 and beyond) you may want to accelerate your roof replacement project and not delay.  In some markets like Illinois, the solar renewable energy credit (SREC) is something you don’t want to miss out on either.  Don’t let an old roof replacement project hinder your solar plan and the savings you will otherwise miss!

Shingle Roof Solar Mounting

A common approach for mounting solar panels to a shingle roof is fastening an “L-foot” or elevated block to your roof that is solidly anchored into the center of the truss below the roof deck via lag-bolt.  The L-foot or elevated block forms the structural base and is surrounded by a thin metal flashing system that tucks under a preceding shingle preventing water from reaching the L-foot. The lag bolt anchoring the L-foot is equipped with a rubberized grommet that compresses around the bolt and around the hole penetrating the roof deck providing a waterproof installation.

Metal Roof Solar Mounting

Metal roofs are common on homes, farm buildings and commercial buildings in many areas of the US.  Mounting a solar array on these types of roofs is similar to a shingle roof with exception of the roof attachment mechanism.  Two major metal roof types exist: Metal standing seam Metal panel or corrugated type

Roof Setback Considerations

When planning your solar roof mount installation, a 3-foot setback around all edges or peaks of the roof is a good practice. This reduces the overall area available for capturing solar energy but has both structural and fire protection reasons. Some solar installers will ignore these issues. Code or no code, we follow this practice.

Fire Code / Access Around Your Solar Array

In some parts of the country, fire codes require a setback from each roof edge for fire safety personnel to access to your rooftop. This does reduce the available area for solar and can result in a smaller array. Although your local jurisdiction may have not adopted the current fire code, its good probability they eventually will. Although some solar companies will encourage building close to the roof perimeter, you may want to reconsider this advice. Caution!  If your home ever experiences a fire, you don’t want your solar array to hinder the work of fire protection personnel. Furthermore, we also consider that where this code doesn’t currently exist, that one day your insurance company could scrutinize this factor in the future (just like insurance companies now penalize folks with old electrical service panels & wiring).

Ground Mounted Solar Panels

For properties with a larger lot size, a ground mount option is a great choice and very popular. Ground mounted installations work great as solar power systems for farms and other properties with limited roofing options. For more info click here.

Ground-Mounted Solar Panels

A popular installation approach is ground-mounted solar panels. In situations where you have some ground area to work with (free of shade), and when you want the array off your roof,

consider a ground mounted solar option.

About 30% of our solar installations for farms and homes are ground-mounted. KSUNsolar has installed some of the largest residential ground-mounted solar arrays

in Illinois for homes with large electric bills.

Ground-mounted solar considerations are economical installations and eliminate the need for rooftop work. Open frame structures allow greater ventilation of the panels,

improving electrical efficiency of the solar array since solar cell efficiency drops under hot summer temperatures.

Other things to consider for solar ground mounts are summarized below:

Array Configuration

Our typical ground mount solar installation features are available in 3, 4 or 5 panels per column layout. Most installations today are 5 panels per column since that yields the lowest installed cost.

We also offer ground mount racking solutions that arrange the panels vertically, or in “portrait view”.  These racks feature 2 panels per row and typically offer racks in 2×5 up to 2×9 configurations.

Rack Construction

A popular solar ground mount option is an engineered 2” galvanized steel pipe rack secured to the earth via concrete foundations. After the pipe frame is constructed, rails are fastened to the frame, then end and mid clamps secure the solar panels to the frame. A typical construction sequence is shown in the photos.

Tilt Angle

The typical ground mount array tilt angle is 25 to 35 degrees and lower tilt angles are possible.  For smaller farm and residential ground mounted arrays, a fixed axis is most common and cost effective.

KSUNsolar Trackers

Generate up to 40% more power per kilowatt of solar panel capacity. KSUNsolar solar panels can rotate and track the sun from morning to evening, capturing significantly more energy per unit of solar panel than fixed (non-tracking) solar arrays. For more info click here.写点什么 ...

KSUNsolar Tracker with 2-Axis Tracking System

The KSUNsolar Tracking System is a Made in CHINA high quality, 2-axis solar tracker. The solar tracker is controlled by GPS and automatically tracks the sun from early morning to late evening. For residential, farm or larger commercial installations, KSUNsolar sun tracking solar panels are high-end, high-efficiency solar solutions.

Learn more below about the benefits of installing a solar tracking system on your farm or residential property.

 

Higher Electricity Production for Less Solar Capacity

In Central and Southern Illinois, and nearby Midwestern states, the KSUNsolar Tracking System will produce approximately 30 to 35% more power on average than a fixed ground-mounted solar array and possibly up to 40% or more in other locations and applications. Capture the entire day’s solar potential, year-round.

Advantages in Areas With Restrictive Net Metering Policies

In locations with netmetering limitations, the KSUNSolar Tracker is an ideal solution to keep kW capacity down while boosting energy yield (in kWh).  Many homes in Illinois consume 15,000 to 25,000 kWh per year and one or two solar trackers are often an ideal choice for significantly generating significant energy.

Improved Power Output Profile

Since the KSUNsolar Tracker maintains optimum orientation to the sun, the power output is higher and more consistent per kW of array capacity throughout the day.  A fixed solar array like a roof or ground mount will produce a pronounced bell-shaped curve with higher amplitude and shorter duration.

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