Wind on Solar Arrays

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The continued development of technologies makes solar energy an increasingly attractive sustainable energy solution; however, wind effects have a surprisingly complex role on solar infrastructure. That’s where we come in.

Energy production can range from complex to simple, and it can be as large as dedicated solar fields that serve entire regions or as localized as small rooftop systems that power individual buildings. In some cases, wind effects may drive fundamental design considerations of a new product.

We pioneered many of the current best practices that dictate how engineers design for wind, and we work closely with professionals in the solar industry to ensure that our recommendations are relevant to solar arrays and other solar products in the current market.

The Difficulties of Solar Panels on Flat Rooftops

Deploying solar modules on the roof of a large building may seem trivial at first. You hire an installer, and in a matter of days or weeks you have a new source of energy. Unfortunately, it’s rarely this simple.

A flat roof is one of the least hospitable locations for a solar array because they are especially vulnerable to circumstantial airflow patterns. These special airflow patterns are created with the help of wind navigating around nearby buildings, which increases volatile gusts.

We have a strong heritage in developing advanced methods to evaluate how rooftop solar arrays will react to high wind events.

Ground-Mounted Solar Power Plants

Ground-mounted fixed tilt systems suffer from fewer vulnerabilities than rooftop systems. In fact, wind load testing for these kinds of power plants almost always demonstrates that perimeter modules shelter those in the array interior. Once you’re armed with this knowledge, you can incorporate such effects into your design and save costs on both material and labor.

We understand the details of ground-mounted solar arrays, and we’ve delivered solutions to some of the biggest names in the solar industry. Before you break ground, contact us to discover just how much you could save when you design for the wind.

Tracking Systems

Tracking systems are especially complicated because the wind approach angle changes throughout the day. Depending upon the region in which the system is deployed, there may be certain times of day⁠—or even entire seasons—when the wind is more problematic than in others.

When you partner with us, you’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of wind loads and discover wind mitigation strategies that can save you money and simplify complex permitting procedures.

Calculate Wind Loads with WindLab Solar

Our company continues to lead the evolution of roof-mounted solar with WindLab Solar, the online wind load calculator customized for your commercial-scale rooftop solar product. Using the results of your system-specific wind tunnel study, WindLab Solar calculates the wind loads on every panel in your installation. This provides you with easy access to critical data for a successful solar project.

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