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Old 03-19-2015, 03:32 PM   #1
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Solar panel height

Discounting the possibility of hitting branches, bridges, etc.
Can solar panels be installed 4" - 6" above the roof line (like
above a vent)?
It would still be below the AC cover top.

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Old 03-19-2015, 03:43 PM   #2
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I don't see why not. As long as your mounting brackets are sturdy enough that they don't vibrate while you're driving down the road, I guess they should work.

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Old 03-19-2015, 07:27 PM   #3
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I do not think you would want to go to high. The wind across the roof traveling at 60 miles an hour wind could put a lot of updraft under the panel, couple that with a modest cross wind and that could cause a problem. You may want to put a wind deflector plate in front of it.

Mine is 2" above the roof and I used 8 "Z" mounting brackets on the panel. After 2 years and 10,000 miles it is doing GREAT..

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I have seen folks with racks that extend over air conditioners and such, often with tilt mechanisms built in.
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