Solar panel installation on residential or non-residential buildings is a logical development. After all, there is plenty of available space on the roof and if large enough, additional profitable functions can be realized. Mibet is one of the pioneers in the field of flat roof mounting systems, offering different solutions depending on the project. Mibet’s solar mounting systems for flat roofs have been designed with careful consideration for roof and wind load, ensuring that they meet the highest safety standards. Our flat roof product range stands out due to its simplicity and ease of installation.
Advantages of Flat Roofs for Installing Solar Panels
Here are some of the benefits of installing solar panels on flat roofs and why they can be a successful solution.
1. Flexibility in Installation Methods
When installing solar panels on a sloping roof, you must work with the roof’s existing angle and pitch. This is not the case when installing flat roof panels. Because there is no pitch, the system can be angled to capture the most sun and work as efficiently as possible. A good solar panel angle ranges between 30 and 60 degrees.
Panels can be installed in the center of the flat roof or on either side with no obstacles in their path. Installers secure the flat roof solar panels with specially designed brackets and then angle them precisely as needed. If there is any concern about their ability to withstand inclement weather, metal frames or ballast can be added for added support and weight.
2. Self-cleaning and Safer Upkeep
Many people are concerned about how they will keep solar roof panels clean and free of damage and general wear and tear. Rain falls heavily in many areas, allowing the panels to self-clean as water runs down them. This is still possible with flat roof solar panels because they can be slightly angled to allow the rain to do its job. Flat roof maintenance and repairs are often simplified because there is usually enough space around the panels for someone to stand safely for as long as they need when checking and working on the panels.
3. Increased Wind Resistance
We’ve already discussed how rain can help keep flat roof solar panels clean if they’re angled up enough to let the water run down them. Wind, on the other hand, can be far less beneficial to solar panel systems, especially if they are installed on sloping rooftops that are too tall to withstand high winds without damage. Choosing your own flat roof angle allows you to adjust the slant to account for high winds, making the system safer and less vulnerable to storm damage.
4. Simple Access to Renewable Energy
Flat roof solar panels are just as effective as sloped roof solar panels at generating renewable, sustainable electricity from the sun’s rays. They are made of the same photovoltaic cells that capture solar energy before converting it into usable electricity for the home or workplace. An additional battery for solar power storage can also be connected to the system, allowing any excess electricity not used immediately to be stored and used later. For example, when the sun’s rays are absent at night, or when they are weaker or obscured on a cloudy or dull day.
Installing Solar Panels on Flat Roofs
Flat Roof Solar Mounting System
The MRac flat roof solar mounting system can be perfectly adapted to the respective module dimensions and generally does not require any roof cladding penetration during installation. To ensure complete corrosion resistance, every component in the system is made of aluminum and stainless steel.
Flat roof PV mounting systems are frequently available in two configurations. The modules are either aligned and “elevated” only in the south direction, or in the east and west directions alternately. Solar panels can be installed at the optimal angle to maximize energy production.