DIY Solar Panel Mount
Why spend thousands on solar panel mounting when there are simple options available at your big box home improvement stores? Great for both large and small panels alike. Find more details about this simple DIY mount at: https://www.rpssolarpumps.com/solar-panel-mounting-on-steel-pipes/
Mike with RPS Solar Pumps here.
One of the most common questions we get with
the larger systems is, “how do I mount my
So there’s a couple of different options you
You can go with commercial, off-the-shelf
That’s gonna be a bit more expensive and sometimes
a little bit cost-prohibitive.
What we have here is our 1600 Watt solar array
It features 16 100 Watt solar array panels,
and this is built with all parts from Home
We call it our “Home Depot Mount.”
It’s four panels across and four panels wide.
This same mount works if you’re using much
You just don’t have to bolt as many down to
It features a fixed angle that’s appropriate
for this area.
So the angle is based on two things.
One is your latitude.
So if you look up your latitude, there’s simple
tables online and at RPSsolarpumps.com we
can figure out the appropriate fixed angle
for maximum efficiency throughout the year.
The other thing is you want to face the solar
So in our location, this is due south.
And it’s not magnetic south, it is true south.
Back behind here, you have vertical posts,
both in the back and the front.
We set the front height appropriate for this
So here we don’t get too many tall weeds and
so we didn’t have to go very high.
We’re about a foot and a half off the ground.
If you’re in an area that has taller weeds
— you know, three to four feet tall — you’re
probably going to want to go a little bit
taller, or just come out here and spray or
mow every once in a while in order to take
care of the weeds.
On either side of the array, we have a top
bar that is either welded or bolted to the
And then we use these long steel channels
all the way that are preconfigured with holes.
These are a available at Home Depot and other
big box stores.
We’ll have a link below you can go check out
and find these design plans in order to build
The beauty of this system: it only costs a
couple of hundred bucks for everything in
order to set it up.
that includes the concrete in order to secure
the posts, the vertical fence posts, the rails,
the bolts, the washers.
All of that can be acquired in your area for
a few hundred dollars.
that makes it much cheaper than going out
and procuring a commercially available mount.
so we really like this design It’s very simple.
It’s very quick to set up.
This mount was set up in about a day with
So if you want the plans, check it out below
Are you looking for a solar pump?
RPS is a family-owned company of laser-focused mechanical, electrical and software engineers that live and breathe solar pumping almost every hour of every day. We have sales offices in a number of states now, but our main shop has moved to an Ag town in California (we do get poked fun of for this!) and our warehouse to move there shortly. We put great time, money and thought into our kits – including parts and components to make installation a breeze. Our reading materials, manuals, videos and diagrams allow customers of all skill levels to install a solar pump successfully the first time. As has become famous, we also offer a direct line to talk with real humans! ..our actual pump engineers for asking questions, helping troubleshoot, or planning for installation.