Steel Structures and Solar Installations

Steel Structures and Solar Installations – How to Optimise Your Steel Structure Building for Solar Installation

In a region like Southern Africa, where load shedding has become a common occurrence, finding sustainable solutions for power generation is crucial. Steel structures play a vital role in this quest for reliable electricity by providing an optimum platform for solar installations.

This is where SpanAfrica comes in. Constructing steel structures alongside solar system solutions involves considering more than just an optimal design for the client’s project. It also entails engineering the design to meet the specific requirements of a solar installation that aligns perfectly with the client’s needs.

The Role of Steel Structures

SpanAfrica Steel Structures are ideal for accommodating solar installations. They offer the strength and durability required to support the solar panels while ensuring longevity and low maintenance costs.

If you are considering a new development that will include a solar installation, here are some tips for optimising your steel structure:

  • Orientation: Ensure your steel building is oriented to capture maximum sunlight throughout the day.
  • Roof Sheeting Design: Consider a roof design that allows you to install solar panels easily. Ensure that there is little chance of damage to your roof sheeting product and low maintenance costs long term.
  • Load-Bearing Capacity: Make sure your steel structure can support the weight of the solar panels and equipment.

Solar systems which are roof mounted can range from 10kg/m² to 18kg/m² depending on where our client’s source their solar systems from. Our engineers will design the most cost-effective solutions around the roof loadings of these systems and our account managers will discuss various options around the positioning, orientations and roof spans of these buildings to better suit your overall solar requirements.

Whether you’re planning a new project or thinking about an extension where you can add solar installations, we’re here to help. Our portfolio of projects speaks volumes about our expertise and commitment to renewable energy solutions. Get in touch with us for a personalised quote.

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