Solar energy systems are the most widely installed renewable energy systems in the building sector and play an important role in reducing the consumption of fossil fuels for energy consumption.
Over the year solar project deployments have grown as the costs of solar equipment and its design have decreased. Solar-ready buildings are pre-designed buildings that help to optimize the installation of a rooftop solar PV system. This has made it very important to make the buildings solar-ready while constructing them themselves. The primary reason behind making it solar-ready is to keep options ready whenever there is a necessity to opt for installing solar panels in the future.
- Building design essentials for installing rooftop solar
The most important aspect in a solar-ready building is its build material which can withstand all the required equipment to execute a solar building which will require each square foot to be able to hold around 6 pounds on average. The wind pressure on the roof should be calculated to make sure the solar equipment weight can be withstood. Also, Roofs with tall walls should be avoided to make their shade does not fall over solar panels.
- Right shading to make solar systems effective
The solar enabled building should include appropriate space for the placement of solar equipment. The orientation of the building is very important as the panels need to be exposed to sunlight for most of the day so as to provide the solar system with maximum efficiency. The design of the building should also take into account the surrounding buildings so as to avoid any disruption allowing the panels to function flawlessly.
- An Infrastructure with future PV Systems
The solar enabled building does not only involve space but covers other aspects as well. Some of the equipment needs to be mounted and installed along with the hardware that allows them to function correctly. This makes it compulsory to design the roof’s concrete with enough space for these mounts.
- Electrical future plan
Along with the solar panels and inverter, the PV system also requires an electrical panel that needs to be located within the building requiring the energy to have to travel from the roof to down into the building. This makes it necessary to install an electrical conduit to route the energy down into the building.
- Stair Space
Since the solar systems are generally installed on the rooftop, it is important to have at least one-meter space width between the stairs to makes it easy for the solar installers to lift and move the panels easily..