Solar PV panel mounting

Wherever you want to stick them, we’ve got a solution. On a pitched roof, flat roof, garden shed, on the ground or even on a pole… Naked have seen it all before and can help you find the perfect Solar mounting system to get your solar panels where you want them.

Pitched roofs

We’ve all seen Solar PV panels mounted on people’s roofs and on the roofs of businesses, so here’s a rundown of the options to get them up there.


Above roof, tile/slate

By far the most common method for fixing Solar PV panels to a roof. Normally the lowest price it also gives the best performance as there is maximum ventilation, allowing the panels to keep cooler. See our ‘Compare Solar Panels’ page for information on how heat affects solar pv performance.
Strong hooks are attached to the rafters and a weather proof seal is applied. Rails are attached to the hooks and the solar PV panels are then clamped to the rails.


Solar PV in roof mounting flush


Ideal for new builds or re-roofs where the slightly higher price of the mounting system is off-set by any savings in the reduced need for roofing fabric (slates, tiles etc).  Many customers prefer the aesthetics of these systems.  However you are likely to loose about 3%-5% in performance due to decreased ventilation of the panels.


Sunpower solar panels on trapezoidal roof

Metal trapezoidal roofs

Many commercial buildings have metal trapezoidal roof structures. Here the rails are secured to the ridges of a metal roof using self-tapping screws. The base of the rails has a waterproof membrane to ensure a secure weather seal. The Solar PV panels are then clamped to the rails, keeping the panels very close to the roof to minimize wind loading


Solar panels on standing seam roof

Metal Standing Seam roofs

Though unusual, this type of roof occasionally appears on homes and businesses. We attach clamps to the standing seam of the roof, then either a rail is attached to the clamps or the solar PV panels are fixed directly to the standing seam clamps.


Solrif Solar panels mounting makes the whole roof solar

Solar PV Roof

Why not make use of the whole of your roof?  Whole roof solar systems mean that your Solar PV panels become the fabric of your roof, serving two purposes, weather proofing and energy supply.  The Solar PV panel frames are bespoke for the mounting system so there is a limited choice of panels with these set ups.  Luckily there are still good quality panels to choose from.

£ is similar to an on-roof mounting system.

C21e Solar tiles on Community Centre

Solar PV Tiles / Slates

There are some tile or slate shaped solar panels available on the market today. Tesla Solar Roof slates are still in early production stage and are expected to arrive in the UK sometime in 2020 / 21.  Keep an eye on our newsletter for release dates. This is where you can mix your choice of roof fabric with solar PV slates or tiles. They fit to the roof in the same way as slates or tiles do. Keep an eye on this page too: Tesla Solar Roof

Flat roofs

There are many solutions for flat roofs. The main concern is usually how much weight the roof will hold.

Cedum roof with Console bin mounted Solar PV

Console Bins

Practical for ground mount and flat roofs, these are plastic bins that are ballasted to ensure the wind can’t move your panels. You may need quite a lot of ballast so a strong roof structure is essential. This picture shows them on a sedum roof, for which they are the ideal solution.


Solar panel mounting

East/West mounting systems

Becoming very popular over the last few years. Having an East/West system means that the ballast required is very low because we can mount the panels back to back, reducing wind resistance. It also means you can get much more power in a limited space. Many people are surprised as they think Solar PV panels must be south facing. These systems will still generate at least 90% of their south-facing counterparts. Using them means you can fit more panels into the same space which makes a lot of sense.

£289+VAT/panel – Minimum 4 panels


Flat trapezoidal roofs

Screwed to the trapezoidal roof in the same way as pitched trapezoidal roofs, these frames allow you to pitch your solar PV panels for optimum performance.

Flat roof solar panel mounting system

Ballasted south-facing flat roof mounts

As many people are nervous about roof penetrations on a flat roof, these south-facing ballasted systems can increase your yield if you’ve got plenty of roof space, without penetrating your weather proofing.  Having all the panels facing south instead of using an East/West system commonly increases the ballast requirements by ten.  It also means the space between the panels needs to be higher to avoid shading from the panel in front so South facing systems are very rarely chosen.


Ground mounted

Who said you had to put panels anywhere near your roof? You can always mount them on the ground.

ground mount solar PV system

Metal frames

Often used by commercial solar farm arrays. Metal frames come in a variety of layouts, two panels high in landscape, single panels in portrait etc etc, pretty much any set up you like is available. Usually set on concrete bases, these frames can help you make use of some dead ground.  As a guide, this mounting system is £200+VAT/panel

Mono pole groundmounted system for Solar Panels

Mono-pole metal frames

Another choice with metal frames, the upright posts are pile driven into the ground, saving on concrete and reducing the footprint of the array.  As a guide, this mounting system is £200+VAT/panel

Console Bins ground mounted solar

Console bins

A heavily ballasted plastic bin is the best way we’ve found of describing these. They allow very flexible placement of solar PV panels and if you ever need to move them you can just unplug the panels and move the bins.


Ground mounted wooden frame for Solar panels

Build your own structure

Lots of customers have decided to make their own roof on the ground. These have taken the shape of log stores, chicken sheds, part of a gazebo or simply a wooden structure instead of a metal frame.

£131+VAT/panel, (this does not include the wooden structure).

Seasonally Adjustable Solar PV panels mounting

Seasonally adjustable pitch

As anyone with Solar will tell you, there’s more energy than you can shake a stick at in the summer, but getting through the winter is the trick.  With a seasonally adjustable mounting system, you can change the pitch of your panels to maximise the yield in the winter.  This can increase your winter yield by up to 40% and considering these mounting systems are slightly lower priced than the metal ground mounted frames… why wouldn’t you?

£3,000+VAT for systems of up to 16 panels.  Quotes can be provided for larger systems.

Solar canopy awning glass glass panels

Solar PV Awning

These look great and are a fantastic way to make use of space if you want to increase your solar potential.  Create a place to shade from the sun while making the most of it’s energy.