There are a wide variety of installation methods for MAPPS® solar
power systems. Systems from 10 Watts to 480 Watts using pole-mount solar
panels can easily be mounted on vertical poles ranging from 2" to telephone
poles. Many versions are shown below from single module mounting structures (links to below) to
multiple module mounting structures on larger poles. Large solar generator systems can be skid mounted, ground mounted,
mounted on the side of a steel tower, mounted on the top of poles, mounted on cross arms with
vertical poles, or mounted on trailers. Examples of these installations are shown below. We can
design virtually any size system for a fixed or portable application anywhere in the world. Contact us with your challenging application or
from one of our standard pole-mount solar systems.
Single Module Side of Pole Solar Mounting Design
For smaller systems ranging from 10 Watts to 130 watts. Typically used for small RTU/SCADA
wireless data, RFID Sensors, wi-fi repeaters, traffic monitoring, tower obstruction LED
MET tower LED sidelights, infra-red security, various wireless OEM applications, and rural
habitation for developing country projects.
Formed aluminum parts are made of 5052-H32 aluminum. All extrusions used are 6061-T6 structural
alloy. Corners are coped, edges are sanded and holes are deburred. Stainless steel module
hardware and rack assembly hardware are provided with each rack.
Supplied with stainless steel band clamps for mounting to a 2”-3.5” OD pole (other sizes available)
Can be attached to poles with u-bolts
Can also be lag-bolted or through-bolted to any vertical surface
Elevation angle adjustment: 30 to 60 degrees in 5-degree increments
All components are mill finish 6061-T6 structural aluminum*
Rack hardware is stainless steel
Module mounting hardware is stainless steel
Standard models are designed and warranteed to withstand windloads of 30 lbs. per sq. ft. (approximately 90
mph). Designs capable of withstanding greater loads are available for high-wind areas.
Side-of-Pole Mounts are attached to the pole with stainless steel band clamps (provided). Two or four band
clamps are used depending on the design. Series AL-22 and PS-28 come with band clamps for 3” to 5” OD poles.
All other racks are supplied with clamps for 2” to 4” OD poles. Many other sizes are available; please
specify pole sizes when ordering. These racks can also be u-bolted or lag-bolted to poles (square or round)
and to the sides of buildings or other vertical surfaces. Brackets are also available for mounting to ROHN
towers and wood telephone poles.
The Top-of-Pole Mounts we carry are available in several sizes ranging from 1- module through
up to 260 square feet. The rack design is determined by the area of the module(s) to be mounted, not
necessarily the number of modules.
Top-of-Pole mounts are designed for maximum strength and ease of installation. Our racks are
and not universal, which helps to reduce the number of parts. This simplifies assembly and minimizes
assembly errors. No aluminum components are threaded to be attached to other components. All of our
sleeves are heavy gauge steel and have fully welded caps. Hardened bolts are used to lock the
sleeve to the pole.
Strongbacks, Elevation Pivots, and Mounting Sleeves are made of heavy gauge steel flat bar, square
and pipe or mechanical tubing conforming to ASTM A36 and ASTM A500-Grade B.
All parts are mig-welded, burrs are removed, corners are coped, and edges are sanded. All steel parts
coated with two coats of industrial urethane enamel paint. Solar module mounting rails are made of
mill-finish 6061-T6 structural aluminum angle or channel. All holes are deburred, and edges are
and sanded. Stainless steel module mounting hardware is provided with each rack. Standard rack
hardware is zinc-plated Grade 5. A stainless steel hardware upgrade is optional.
All standard Top-of-Pole Mounts have six tilt-angle settings from 15° to 65° in 10° increments. The
elevation adjustment is positive locking in each position eliminating the possibility of slippage. The
racks are balanced about the pivot bolt to make elevation adjustments easy. Other tilt combinations and
racks welded at fixed angles are offered as options.
Standard mounts are designed and warranted to withstand 30 lbs / sq. ft. (approximately 90 mph or 145
km/hr ) . Designs capable of withstanding greater loads are available.
All racks have sleeves sized to slip over readily available standard sizes of installer-supplied SCH40
(Schedule 40) steel pipe. The largest mounts (225 sq. ft. and above) mount on SCH 80 steel pipe. The
mounting sleeves have set-bolts spaced 90° apart to firmly secure the rack to the pole.
Ground based systems are used in larger power applications ranging from 640 watts to 10+ kilowatts.
Common applications include air monitoring sampling equipment, tower obstruction lighting, cellular
microwave repeaters, mountaintop communications and high wind areas such as tropical islands and
deserts. Often the solar array is used to shade the battery enclosure, reducing heat gain.
Side of Utility/Telecom Tower Solar Support Design
These systems range from 160 watts to several kilowatts. These are intended to power LED obstruction
lights, aircraft warning and MET tower obstruction LED lights. These are also used on radio
Dual Vertical Pole with Crossarm Solar Mounting Design for Remote Sites
This design method is used to elevate the solar array when there is snow drift accumulation. Smaller
systems use 4"-6" Schedule 40 steel pipe. Larger systems typically use utility telephone poles.
Typical applications are microwave repeaters, cellular repeaters, tower obstruction lighting and
microwave relay stations.
Whether roof mount, ground mount, top of pole mount, side of pole mount, tower mount or custom solar
panel mounting, we can accommodate your requirements. Call (877) 297-0014 for discount
pricing, more information or to order.