Installing the Solar Mounts on the Gable Roofs

Before we can put our shakes on the gable roofs, the mounts for the two arrays of solar panels on the gable roofs must be installed.

The team from REC Solar installed the 24 mounts for the solar panels today.

Installing the Mounts

Our SIP gable roofs are constructed with 12-1/4 inch SIP panels from Insulspan.  The 8 ft SIP panels are connected with I joist spines and 4x12s.  The challenge is that the solar mounts need to be 48 inches on center so we used the same mount design from the upper flat SIP roof.

The installation was fairly straight forward.  After the team from REC Solar arrived, Bryan oriented them and then provided an overview of the roof components (SIPs, splines, furring strips, Securock and sheathing).  Then Bryan showed them where the relevsant plines were and where the mounts should be located.

The REC Solar team, led by Scott Fisher, then snapped chalk lines for the bottoms of the plate and started drilling the holes for the mounts.  There were six welded brackets that were installed from the inside of the roof, and then bolted to the solar mounts.  The other 18 mounting brackets were attached to the splines and other structural components with 3/8 inch lag screws.

With the solar mounts completed, we’re ready to put the shakes on the gable roofs!

The doorway at the top of the stairs, where our Fleetwood Pacific hinged door will be located.  Note the actual door is just to the left of the opening.

The doorway at the top of the stairs, where our Fleetwood Pacific hinged door will be located. Note the actual door is just to the left of the opening.

The Fleetwood Pacific door frame, with side lite, waiting patiently in the kitchen until it will be installed.

The Fleetwood Pacific door frame, with side lite, waiting patiently in the kitchen until it will be installed.

Six solar mounts on the North side of the North Gable.  These mounts will support a frame for the solar panels that will straddle the roof peak.

Six solar mounts on the North side of the North gable. These mounts will support a frame for the solar panels that will straddle the roof peak.

Corresponding six solar mounts on the South side of the North gable.  Note the roof jacks that Bryan purchased last night.

Corresponding six solar mounts on the South side of the North gable. Note the roof jacks that Bryan purchased last night.

Solar mounts in place, on the chalk lines, on the West side of the East gable.  Note the shadow that is 'under' the mounts.

Solar mounts in place, on the chalk lines, on the West side of the East gable. Note the shadow that is

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