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Solar Panels for Flat Roof on East Coast

Discussion in 'Tesla Energy' started by 5thgear, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. 5thgear

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    We have a home with a flat roof located on the eastern-end of Long Island in NY. We also have a power wall 2 on order and would like to add solar panels. Solar City/Tesla does not install panels on flat-roofed homes located within northeastern states. Presumably because of the potential weight of snow. Other solar installers do offer this, but I would prefer to keep all of this technology "in the family" so that it all works seamlessly and is serviced together. Does anyone have any insights on this, or know when Solar City might be able to accommodate us folks on the east coast? The Tesla and Solar City people I spoke with were kind of fuzzy with the details.
     
  2. Derek Kessler

    Derek Kessler Active Member

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    I wouldn't install the panels flat anyway — they'd be far less efficient and thus less worth your money. You can install framing on the flat roof to angle then better towards the sun.
     
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  3. 5thgear

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    Yes. They would definitely have to be at a slant to catch the sun and to help shed snow and rainwater. That’s why I’m thinking that the answer I get will depend on who I ask!
     
  4. WannabeOwner

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    We put Solar (Thermal) on a flat roof, using A-Frames to angle them. In fact they were at optimum angle (for Latitude) and pointing due-South which might have been the case on the sloping part of the roof :)

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