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Author Topic: Stone Tile Roof not suitable for PV?  (Read 513 times)
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« on: May 03, 2019, 09:47:02 AM »

Hi Folks,

Hope you can help, I've done some searching but failed to find an answer so here goes.....

I decided to finally look at solar PV but failed the first company I spoke to said there are no panel mount systems available for the stone tile roof that we've got.

So yes, I googled it and I can't find anything that mentions stone tile roof mounts either for or against.  Am I out of luck or did I just get unlucky with the first person I spoke to?

Please be gentle with the replies  Grin

Ian.
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2019, 10:08:13 AM »

Hi , have a look at Lorenz  or Schletter  , both companies do mounting ideas for natural slates  ...... maybe google in German  for "  schiefer photovoltaik montagesystem "   

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2019, 11:08:20 AM »

Ian,

I can see fitting panels to such a roof posing something of a challenge and likely needing modifications to 'normal' mountings. Ultimately custom made brackets, for attaching rails, could be made from suitable pieces of stainless steel flat bar?

As a matter of personal interest what size 'tiles' do you have? I have visions of slots needing to be cut in the back of tiles to allow them to sit over brackets and lay 'flat'.

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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2019, 11:15:52 AM »

Hi Billi,

I need to practice my German and make good use of Google translate Smiley

Hi Richard,

I've hopefully included a photo of a neighbour's garage and house roof (it was easier) which may show what you're looking for.  Smaller tiles at the top getting larger as they come down the roof.  If necessary I guess I'll have to get the ladders out and a tape measure.....

Thanks,

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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2019, 11:51:47 AM »

There is also the US company Solar power World, but I have no idea if they have any UK/EU based seller - at least the website is just about in English.

    https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2017/01/possible-install-solar-sloped-roof-without-drilling-holes/
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« Reply #5 on: May 03, 2019, 12:31:41 PM »

This looks similar

https://www.navitron.org.uk/forum/index.php/topic,6988.msg87725.html#msg87725

https://www.electriciansforums.co.uk/threads/mounting-on-scottish-slate-roofs.71109/
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« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2019, 12:38:59 PM »

well ok then  here in english   https://www.lorenz-montagesystem.de/eng/downloads/Broschuere_LORENZ%20Schieferdach_EN.pdf


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« Reply #7 on: May 03, 2019, 01:52:02 PM »

Gents,

Thank you all, more food for thought and it looks as thought it would be worth me trying a few more companies to see if they're interested.

All help much appreciated. 

Tod, I have some reading to do but why didn't I find that when I searched the forum.  Oh well......

Billi, if it makes you feel better it's easier to read German than the bastardised English that the Americans write as hinted at by Mr RIT Wink

Thanks folks,

Ian.

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« Reply #8 on: May 03, 2019, 02:34:01 PM »

Ian the search options on the forum is pants.
Hope that you find your solution
best Tod
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« Reply #9 on: May 03, 2019, 04:58:13 PM »

Seems a pity to cover up such a lovely roof....  Have you considered a solar car port between the garage and the wall?






















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« Reply #10 on: May 03, 2019, 08:33:46 PM »

Tod, thanks for the reassurance Smiley

Westie, that pic our neighbour's house and garage.  Our house is just behind it to the right of the photo.  The only south facing aspect is the right hand gable end which currently has 30 solar thermal tubes on it and then it's our other neighbour's garage so no room for anything south facing.  I was purely considering an 'oversized' East facing array so that it couldn't be seen from the road as when we're in the back garden we hardly ever look up at the roof....

Lots to think about!!!!!

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« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2019, 11:54:20 PM »

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Seems a pity to cover up such a lovely roof....
 well ....  to cover a coffin lid with some lively stuff , i would not call that a pit y

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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2019, 06:15:21 AM »

Ian,
We have just installed 4kW on our bungalow. We thought pretty hard, no FITS now, so not sure of the payback, looking to have an ashp for heating and cut reliance on fossil fuel.
I love to see the local turbines working, and miss our turbine churning away, no chance of having one here, but plenty on the surrounding hills private and public lucky bu**ers Grin
Really hope you find your solution.
Cheers
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