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We design, engineer, install and maintain solar systems for home owners, businesses, and utilities.

Why Go Solar?

-Save money on energy costs
-Clean & renewable energy
-Environmental stewardship

Why CST Solar?

Experience–we install the largest solar systems in Albuquerque and perform installations daily.

Solar Mounts

Pitched Roof Install

Advantages: Pitched roofs can offer ideal positioning for PV modules, optimizing efficiency of the system.

Installation method: Brackets and rails attached to the roof hold the array in place.

Cost: Low

Pitched roof solar systems offer good performance because the tilt of most pitched roofs provides ideal positioning for light exposure, enhancing the performance of a PV array.

Pitched roof solar systems also have relatively lower installation costs. Modules are mounted to an aluminum rail system which attaches to the roof structure with bolts. The shingles or tiles of the roof are treated with a sealant at the installation site, protecting the integrity of the roof.

The type of roofing material typically dictates how the modules and rail system are attached. Special brackets are used for tile roofs, requiring minimal, if any, removal or modifications to the roof tiles. Standing seam metal roofs can accommodate special clamps on the seams to attach the rails, thus avoiding any penetration of the roofing materials.

FlatRoof Install

Advantages: Many flat-roof installations can be achieved without drilling into roofing materials to attach components.

Installation method: Once properly positioned on the roof, the PV system is held down by ballast.

Cost: Low

Flat roof installations are able to take advantage of a range of mounting options. Commercial and some residential customers can often choose a self-ballasting, non-penetrating system. These systems tilt the modules between 5 and 20 degrees to optimize light exposure and use ballast blocks to hold the array in place. It is not necessary to drill into the roof for installation of these systems, thus avoiding the potential for leakage in areas of a flat roof that tend to collect water. Typically the weight added to the roof by the ballast is less than five to six pounds per square foot.

Ground Mounts

Photovoltaic systems can also be mounted directly on the ground as opposed to on a building or other existing structure. These ground mounts can use mounting systems similar to those of flat roof mounts. They are often used in off grid systems in rural areas where there is ample space available, or when a roof mount is not an option due to shade or lack of space.

Advantages: Ground mounts are often very cost effective, particularly in larger systems.

Installation method: In typical ground mounts, an aluminum or stainless steel frame is constructed on the ground and anchored in concrete. Solar modules are then attached to this frame, which is optimized to tilt at the right angle to maximize light exposure.

Cost: Low-Moderate

Pole Mounts

Another version of a Photovoltiac system mounted on the ground is the pole mount. These pole mounts can incorporate a tracking mechanism, which moves the mount as the sun moves through the sky to maximize the available sunlight incident on the PV panels, and thus increasing the energy output of the array. Pole mounts also come in two varieties – top of pole and side of pole. Pole mounts tend to be higher in price than other solutions, but often make PV system location options more flexible.

Building-Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV)

Building-integrated photovoltaics are photovoltaic materials integrated into the actual building structure, as part of the building envelope, or exterior facing part of the structure. In BIPV the photovoltaic material can serve as the weather barrier of a structure. In these sorts of installations, the photovoltaics can be integrated into the roof of a building, or perhaps a carport or portico. In addition, the PV material can be curved to match the contours of the building

For these sorts of installations, the photovoltaics are typically designed-in from the conception of the building.

Carports/Portals

PV systems can be mounted to additional structures. If there is sun available and a solid structure to which to mount a panel, there is a good chance we can figure out an innovative mounting solution that is aesthetically pleasing and efficient.

Call today for pole-mounted solar collectors for your home or business!

Call (505) 792-6359 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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