Side-of-pole mounts are used to mount solar panels and power different devices on a pole. These mounts are tilt adjustable and need to meet safety and win load standards.
Side-of-pole mounts are used for a variety of applications, such as poles with wireless data transmitters, GPS transmitters, traffic monitoring, wireless transmitters and street lighting.
Usually these applications need limited power of between 20W and 190W and require a maximum of 2 or 3 solar panels. Much more panels can not be mounted on a pole.
Advantages Side-of-Pole mounts
The advantage of Side-of-pole mounts is that the solar panels are installed above ground and therefore offer better protection against vandalism. Also at these heights there is fewer shading from surrounding buildings or trees.
Side-of-pole tilt angle
Side-of-pole mounts usually come with an adjustable tilt angle for an optimum inclination towards the sun. The structure itself needs to be strong and rigid. Most side-of-pole structures are made of stainless steel.
Winload capability Side-of-pole mounts
As with any pv installation, you will need to take into account the windload capabilities of the pole and Side-of-pole mount that you’re installing.
Most mounts are made to withstand winds up to 150km/u. However in many high-wind areas such as the coast, winload capability of 200km/u is recommended.
Your supplier should be able to show you a test report. If it hasn't been tested, don't take the risk..