panel placement on roof

Is it better to place the panels towards the ridge or near the bottom of the roof?

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  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,970Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    Higher elevation is cleaner - less road dust .  You don't want them to be a sail and catch wind off the back of the roof.
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  • BB.BB. Posts: 28,088Super Moderators, Administrators admin
    Depending on where you live, you may end up with limitations based on the new NEC (national electric code) that has setbacks/walkways for firefighters to access the roof and panels (i.e., cut holes in roof to ventilate smoke and heat).

    I think you are in Florida--So you don't have problems with snow (both clearing snow and shedding snow).

    You are going to have standards to bolt down the roof/rafters/arrays to meet the hurricane codes which may have some limitations/retrofit issues too.

    -Bill
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  • MrM1MrM1 Posts: 302Registered Users ✭✭✭
    edited October 29 #4
    Except for potential offsets from eves and roof lines,  I think more toward the top is better (for several reasons) and possibly safer.  If you slip toward the top,  more opportunity to get stopped before you go off the edge.    I was painting an upper wall over one section of roof  while standing on the crack head roofers roof jacks once.  He had a compressor,  shingles, himself and me on it.  "sure it's fine ..." until it gave way and we all starting sliding.  Compressor and shingles never stopped.  Thankfully we were up hi enough that we did.  Customer was none the wiser :hushed:
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  • blueblue Posts: 35Registered Users ✭✭
    Thanks, I was thinking about stress on rafters. Never thought about dust or saving a fall. 
  • 706jim706jim Posts: 216Solar Expert ✭✭✭
    Well here's another take: I placed my panels as high up towards the peak as possible, with 7 ancient Arcos in one row and 4 Astropowers below the Arcos. The result was that there was nearly 8 feet of glass that shed rainwater like a waterfall. Consequently, the last 4 feet of shingles had to resist this cascade of liquid and prematurely started to leak.
    So when I replaced the shingles this summer, the panels went onto the ground.
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  • dennis461dennis461 Posts: 107Registered Users ✭✭
    blue said:
    Is it better to place the panels towards the ridge or near the bottom of the roof?
    Center.
    When you do wind loading calculations, the wind force lifting panels is greater at the four edges of the roof.  All other factors will most likely be the same, tilt, azimuth, shading, snow load.
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