Roof-mounted solar + leaves

njl

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Mar 8, 2021
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Central FL
I've got Heliocol solar panels on an asphalt shingle roof. I've also got large oak trees very close to the house. Because both the panels and the piping that takes the water to/from them are mounted directly to the roof, both (though mostly the supply pipes) trap leaves. These end up trapping water, and I'm starting to worry that the accumulation of damp rotting leaves is going to damage the roof. I'm curious if there are options for mounting both the panels and supply pipes on some sort of risers that would allow the leaves that hit the roof to flow down the roof under the pipes and panels...so all I have to worry about is cleaning the leaves out of my 6" "super gutters" that collect leaves.
 

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It may be best to contact Heliocol or a local Heliocol installer directly.
And maybe consider having the trees trimmed further away from the roof area.
 

njl

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Mar 8, 2021
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Central FL
The trees are large enough / close enough, that I doubt any level of trimming would solve the problem. I just wonder if putting the pipes and panels on small risers is ever done. If you look at roof-mounted photo-electric panels, at least some of them do this.

I've reached out to the local distributor of Heliocol, but no reply.
 
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