Roof Mount Solar Installation
Most public buildings are equipped with plenty of roof space in which solar panels can be installed. As long as the roof is structurally sound and strong enough to withhold the weight of the panels and receive consistent contact with sunlight, it qualifies for solar panel installation.
The roof mount system is the most common type of solar installation. Electrical wires are threaded underneath the roof and attached to solar panels installed on the roofing structure.
Parking Lot Solar Canopy
Public owners can place solar panels on top of shade structures in their parking lots, generating solar energy while also shading cars from the heat of the sun. These can be placed on top of existing canopies that are strong enough to support the weight of the panels. Special structures can be built for this purpose as well. Because most may require new construction, this may be the most expensive solar option.
Pole Mount Solar Installation
If a building does not have a large enough structure to hold solar panels, they can be installed on the ground or on the sides of buildings through pole mounts. Large steel beams are bolted to a building or underground to support solar panels and angle them for optimal solar energy collection.
Ground Mount Solar Installation
Ground-mount panels are similar to pole-mounted solar power systems, but they are attached to metal stands and placed on flat outdoor surfaces, such as an open field. These types of solar energy systems are typically the easiest and least expensive to install. Many ground-mounted solar panels can also be placed on single-axis or dual-axis systems which move to follow the rotation of the sun, which allows them to collect more solar energy throughout the day.
Solar Shade Awnings
Canopies and awnings that provide shade can be used to hold solar panel systems. This can include canopies over stadium seating, playgrounds, or other locations that receive lots of sunlight.