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Using the sun's renewable and infinite energy to power your home, swimming pool, boat or caravan is a brilliant way to reduce your carbon footprint and utility bills. If you are keen on the idea of investing in solar panels, there are a few pieces of equipment that you will need: one of the most important ones being a solar panel mount.

Do I really need solar panel mounting brackets?

To maximise the use of your solar panels and ensure they stay in the right place at all times, then you need to invest in mounting brackets. The idea is that they will be positioned in a prime spot where the sun will provide maximum exposure. Depending on your application, there are two major mounting systems for your solar panels.

Different mounting systems for your solar panels

The question is: ground or rooftop solar panel mounting? There's no right or wrong answer, and it all comes down to your personal preference and budget. Both systems have their advantages and disadvantages. A rooftop system can get the most sunlight, but it does have its space restrictions. A ground mounted solar panel may provide more surface, but if you have a small backyard, then you would be taking up this area for your panels.

How do I position my solar panels?

Wherever you place your solar panels, ensure they are in direct sunlight to produce the most wattage for your home or property. You should also avoid having your panels mounted in a horizontal direction, and try to have one end raised as much as possible. In Australia, it is recommended that your solar panels are mounted at around 45 degrees and facing directly north to get the most out of your solar panels. If you want to save time and effort, have them set up by a professional.

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