solar frame price

Today, we review the best solar panel stands for sale. What follows are the Top solar frame price. Rail-less systems still prove to be popular in the residential market, and now we have tracking systems for flat roofs. Take a look at this year’s innovative products (listed alphabetically by company) within the solar racking and mounting category (grouped by pitched roof, flat roof, ground-mount, tracking systems and carports).

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PITCHED-ROOF MOUNTING SYSTEMS

AEROCOMPACT COMPACTPITCH System

The COMPACTPITCH products are associated with all pitched roof systems at AEROCOPMACT. For example, the regular trapezoidal roof solution is part of this product group and designed for landscape and portrait module configurations on metal roofs. All systems are made of aluminum and stainless steel.

EcoFasten Solar ROCK-IT System 3.0

Rock-It System 3.0 employs a streamlined design, adjusts north to south and provides an fast, easy, no-hassle installation. Conforming to UL 2703: First Edition, Rock-It System 3.0 retains the unique top-down leveling that installers appreciate, and was designed for a faster, easier installation.

Ecolibrium Solar EcoX Universal Rail-less Racking System

EcoX Universal Rail-Less fits any module thickness from 32-mm to 46-mm using a single size for each core component. Fewer SKUs reduces inventory, minimizes job site interruptions and streamlines logistics. Installers go from one job per day to two with 33% fewer penetrations than a rail-based system, and no rails are needed.

Magerack MageMount II Rail-less Solar Mounting System

MageMount II is an improved rail-less solar mounting system that is installed like rail-based solar mounting system with separate roof attachments and interlocking module connectors compatible with most solar modules. It provides complete solutions with roof attachments for all roof types at lower cost and reduced installation time.

Pegasus Solar Comp Mount

Pegasus Solar’s Comp Mount is a cost-effective, high-quality option for rail installations on composite shingle roofs. Designed to last decades, the one-piece black flashing with elevated cone means there are no press-fits or deck-level EPDM washers to fail. The black L-foot is compatible with most rail systems.

Preformed Line Products POWER RAIL

The POWER RAIL top-clamping mounting system is designed with the professional PV solar installer in mind. The top-clamping rails use a single tool with a RAD Fastener for faster bolt placement. The unique shape of the RAD provides an anti-rotation feature, locking the bolt in the proper orientation when installed.

Quick Mount PV QRail & L-Mount, the complete pitched roof mounting system

QRail and L-Mount combine seamlessly to provide a complete, fully integrated racking and mounting solution backed by a 25-year product warranty. The system features patented QClick, QSplice and Elevated Water Seal Technologies and super-fast single bolt mounting that simplify and speed up installation making every system cost-effective with unparalleled waterproofing.

Roof Tech RT MINI

RT-MINI is Roof Tech’s self-flashing mounting designed to attach to conventional rail systems. It is built to withstand wind speeds up to 180 mph and ground snow up to 70 psf. The result is a faster installation time because RT-MINI is fastened with wood screws, eliminating the need for pilot holes.

S-5! PV Kit 2.0

S-5! introduces a new and improved PV Kit, boasting lower installation time and cost for PV flush-mounting. The kit comes pre-assembled with MidGrab or EdgeGrab for easier installation. A single tool drives the top bolt, eliminating several installation steps. The kit is designed to save time and money.

SnapNrack Solar Mounting Solutions Ultra Rail Roof Mount System

Ultra Rail is a sleek, economical racking solution for projects in average load conditions. Ultra Rail maintains the classic SnapNrack open rail channel for running wires and is compatible with all Wire Management Solutions. Its snap-in mounts make for easy rail attachment and maximum versatility.

SolarRoofHook Low Profile QuickBOLT Mounting Kit

QuickBOLT with Microflashing gives contractors a cost-effective solution for traditional flashing mounts. Installers no longer must lift the shingles or remove nails—QuickBOLT is installed directly over the shingle. Other flashings direct water away from the penetration—QuickBOLT seals it. It drives in five seconds or less.

Solar Connections International PowerMount-S

Introducing the patent-pending PowerMount-S, which can be used with virtually any R-Panel Roof System. The single piece design simplifies installation and reduces cost. Use the PowerMount-S with any manufacturer’s L-foot or SCI’s Universal L-Foot to attach any rail system. The SCI Kit is UL 1703 and UL 2703 listed and approved.

Solar Warehouse SWH Flashed L feet

High strength, quick mountable SWH Flashed Lfeet solar mount attachment for composition shingle installation is competitively economical, esthetically pleasing, simple to install and designed with large rigid flashing, EPDM sealing gasket and elevated L foot to prevent warping and water intrusion. Available in silver and black finishes.

SunModo Corp. EZ Standing Seam Clamp

SunModo’s EZ standing seam clamps make solar PV installations on metal roofs easy. Featuring roof-safe oval end set screws, the clamp works on a variety of seam profiles. The set screw can be installed on either the vertical leg or on the 10° leg of the clamp.

Unirac SOLARMOUNT

Unirac announces its new lineup of residential roof attachments, including tile hooks, tile replacement and composition shingle attachments, which integrate with its SOLARMOUNT mounting system. Full integration between SOLARMOUNT and the attachment allows for seamless design and fast, easy installations and it’s backed by Unirac’s 25-year system warranty.

What is solar power and why should you consider it?

Solar power systems are also called solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. They work by collecting solar energy in solar panels which are normally roof-mounted, but can be mounted on the ground. The solar energy collected is converted into alternate current (AC) with an inverter. While solar panels will only work during the daytime, battery storage units are available that allow the excess power to be used at night.

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Solar power has been through three stages. Until about 2011, solar panels were expensive and the payback period was longer. After 2011, they started coming down in price and today, the price of solar panels has stabilised and is far more affordable than in the past.

Solar panels have also improved in efficiency and reliability. In the past, solar panels were expensive and most homeowners bought smaller systems up to 2kW. Today, a 5kW system is about the same price as a 2kW system was before 2011 and is a better system to have because it can account for most if not all of your energy requirements. To know more about what is solar energy read this.

How much does solar power cost?*

Today, the average cost of a 5kW system is around $6500, but it can be more expensive in some areas.  For example, in Darwin, a 5kW system costs around $11,000 while in Adelaide, it costs under $6000. In Sydney and Perth, solar power costs just over $5000 and in other states, it costs around $6000.

When you consider buying a 5kW solar system, you also need to think about the payback period. Average payback periods in different cities are around:

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  • 4.2 years in Adelaide
  • 4.7 years in Darwin
  • 4.8 years in Sydney and Perth
  • 5.4 years in Brisbane
  • 6.4 years in Canberra
  • 7.4 years in Melbourne
  • 8.2 years in Hobart

These figures take into account the cost of electricity in different areas and that is why Darwin, which has the highest costs has a low payback period. The average payback period in Australia is 5.8 years, but even at the highest payback period of 8.2 years in Hobart, solar panels are well worth investing in. It’s also worth noting that electricity prices rise steadily, so the payback period could even be shorter.

Estimates of households in Australia that already have solar power range from 1.5 million to 2.0 million. This number will probably increase in the future as the cost of electricity rises.

Many solar panels have warranty periods of up to 25 years, making them a wise investment considering their payback period of just 5.8 years on average.

How to get the right sized solar system

Solar panel systems are made up of several panels and the size of the system is based on the number of panels and the efficiency of the panels. Estimates vary because solar panels can be installed in areas where the sun rarely shines or in sunny areas. Solar panels can also be installed on roofs that have partial shade during the day, which decreases their efficiency. These are averages and your solar power installer can tell you how efficient your solar power will be in your area.

Solar power is measured in “self-consumption” which is an indication of how much energy you use during the day. These are some estimates of how much energy you will save for different energy consumption levels with a 5kW to 10kW system measured in kilowatt hours (KWh):

  • 5-10KWh will save 30 percent
  • 11-15KWh will save 48 percent
  • 21-25KWh will save 66 oercent
  • 31-40KWh will save up to 82 percent

It is possible to get a solar system that is too large for your household, but you don’t want to get a system that is too small for your household. Solar power retailers and installers can help you find the perfect system for your needs and a smaller system for a smaller household will cost less than a larger system.

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Why investing in a solar system battery is a good idea

The prices above are for solar panels only and a battery will cost more. A battery is a good investment because you are likely to be able to store energy in the battery during the day and have it to use at night. This will decrease your use of electricity from the grid and lower your electricity bills.

Solar batteries are a good choice, but you don’t want to buy a solar battery that is too small or too large for your solar panels. Sizing of batteries is based on average electricity usage and the size of the solar system you have. Batteries don’t just store enough energy to keep your house powered overnight. If you get the right sized battery it can give you “energy autonomy” for three to five days.

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Solar batteries cost between $2000 and $12,000, with the higher cost being batteries for large systems and a large battery can weigh up to 290kg while a smaller battery may weigh only 25 to 45kg. Even at the higher end of the scale, batteries have a payback period of three to five years and their warranties are far longer than their payback periods. Better batteries have a 10 year warranty and others may have a seven year warranty. Even at seven years, you still save money since the payback period is five years maximum.

It’s probably a good idea to buy lithium batteries because lithium batteries generally have 10 year warranties and are highly effective. They aren’t hard to find because about 80 percent of solar batteries on the market are lithium batteries.

Batteries with inverters and chargers can be more expensive than batteries only. A battery for an 8kW system may cost around $7700 while the same sized battery with an inverter/charger may cost around $11,800. These prices include the battery and installation costs. Most households don’t require an 8kW system, but this is an indication of the price differences. The key thing also to remember is to know how to keep solar panels clean to make them last. 

Choosing a solar panel supplier and installer

While state rebates have been phased out, government rebates are still available. “Rebates” take the form of Small Scale Technology Certificates (STCs) which vary in price depending on market conditions and other factors. In order to qualify for STCs, you must buy solar panels and batteries from a certified retailer who will offer a discount for the price of the STCs. This discount can be from $500 to $1000 depending on the system you buy and can represent a substantial savings.

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Finding a certified solar panel supplier is fairly easy because most solar panel suppliers are certified. However, they also sell different products and you want to find good solar panels and batteries with long warranty periods.

It’s always best to get quotes from three solar panel suppliers and compare their services and products. They will give you supply and installation costs as well as the discount for STCs. Compare the prices carefully and choose a high quality system at the right price. Some other things to look for are:

  • Solar installers must be licensed
  • They should be fully insured
  • They should give you itemised quotes
  • Their warranty periods should be stated
  • Their products must meet Australian Standards

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